sheriff

noun
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)

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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 The employees failed to properly conduct wellness checks, according to the sheriff's office. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, 10 June 2021 The sheriff's office did not immediately provide further confirmation. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2021 The sheriff's office said the shooting wasn't an active shooter situation. Alex Sundby, CBS News, 10 June 2021 In a tweet Thursday, the sheriff's office said deputies arrived at the scene to find three people dead from gunshot wounds, including a man, a woman and a child. Amanda Watts, CNN, 10 June 2021 At the scene, Brumley told officers the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash fled on foot, but investigators have determined Brumley was the driver, according to the sheriff's office. Jason Sargent, 38, was killed in the crash. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 9 June 2021 The city placed Merrill on unpaid administrative leave after his arrest and is relying on the Emmett County sheriff's office for policing services. Ryan J. Foley, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Deputies surrounded the home and tried to persuade them into surrendering peacefully, but the boy and girl allegedly starting shooting with the homeowner's guns, according to the sheriff's office. ABC News, 8 June 2021 Vara's sister was arrested for evading, but not charged in connection with the nail salon shooting, according to the sheriff's office. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 7 June 2021

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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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The first known use of sheriff was before the 12th century

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12 Jun 2021

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“Sheriff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheriff. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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sheriff

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sheriff

: an elected official who is in charge of enforcing the law in a county or town of the U.S.
British : the highest official in a county or shire in England or Wales who represents the king or queen and who attends ceremonies and has legal duties
: the most important judge in a county or district in Scotland

sheriff

noun
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

sheriff

noun
sher·​iff

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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