sher·​iff | \ ˈsher-əf How to pronounce sheriff (audio) \

Definition of sheriff

: an important official of a shire or county charged primarily with judicial duties (such as executing the processes and orders of courts and judges)

Other Words from sheriff

sheriffdom \ ˈsher-​əf-​dəm How to pronounce sheriff (audio) , -​təm \ noun

Examples of sheriff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bob Marley did not confess to having shot a sheriff. Jozsef Papp, ajc, 9 Aug. 2022 Zaveon Griffin, 22, was arrested in relation to the shooting at Grassy Lake Apartments in Mayflower, a Sunday news release from Faulkner County sheriff’s office states. Remington Miller, Arkansas Online, 8 Aug. 2022 Divers on the sheriff’s search-and-rescue team recovered the body. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2022 Saini joined the Marine Corps, following in Murphy's footsteps, then Saini, just like Murphy, joined the ranks of law enforcement by becoming a deputy sheriff with the Racine County Sheriff's Office. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 6 Aug. 2022 While the lower-income Hmong American population has grown in Siskiyou County over the last few years, the suit claims the county and sheriff have been openly hostile to them. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 5 Aug. 2022 The city of Tulsa, Tulsa County commissioners, Tulsa Regional Chamber, the Tulsa County sheriff and the Oklahoma Military Department will remain as defendants in the lawsuit. Safire R. Sostre, Essence, 5 Aug. 2022 The sheriff’s department said the owner fired a single round from a shotgun, which caused the suspect to flee. Josh Campbell, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 Maughan also reportedly noted that a sheriff’s detective acknowledged in testimony that Tyler’s accuser had been in a longstanding relationship with the MC since the late 1990s and had never before accused him of attacking her. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sheriff

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sheriff

Middle English shirreve, from Old English scīrgerēfa, from scīr shire + gerēfa reeve — more at shire, reeve

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11 Aug 2022

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“Sheriff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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sher·​iff | \ ˈsher-əf How to pronounce sheriff (audio) \

Kids Definition of sheriff

: the officer of a county who is in charge of enforcing the law



Legal Definition of sheriff

: an official of a county or parish charged primarily with judicial duties (as executing the processes and orders of courts and judges)

History and Etymology for sheriff

Old English scīrgerēfa, from scīr shire + gerēfa reeve (king's agent)

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