sheriff

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noun sher·iff \ˈsher-əf\

Definition of sheriff

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

sheriffdom

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Origin and Etymology of sheriff

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


First Known Use: before 12th century



SHERIFF Defined for English Language Learners

sheriff

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noun sher·iff \ˈsher-əf\

Definition of sheriff for English Language Learners

  • : an elected official who is in charge of enforcing the law in a county or town of the U.S.

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

sheriff

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noun sher·iff \ˈsher-əf\

Definition of sheriff for Students

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


Law Dictionary

sheriff

noun sher·iff

Legal Definition of sheriff

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

Origin and Etymology of sheriff

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



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