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)
sheriffdomplay \-əf-dəm, -təm\ noun
Recent Examples of sheriff from the Web
Miss Bel Air 2017 Natalie Brosh followed the sheriff.
Rajman was shot after several men broke into the house, according to a press release from the sheriff's office obtained by the Palm Beach Post.
The meetings will be led by a sheriff’s office captain who represents the service area.
Annual increases in the contract with the sheriff’s department will continue through 2021-22, reaching $17.2 million.
The structure was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, Valley County sheriff’s officials said.
The sheriff’s department was involved because the agency frequently helps South Pasadena with its investigations, according to Guillen.
Spicer’s overture statement was a farrago of false assertions, misleading stats, and embattled attitude, putting those Beltway press-corps punks on notice that there was a new sheriff in town.
The shelter, at 3355 Bertholet Blvd, between the sheriff's department and the Expo Center off of Indiana 49, opened May 30, but shelter officials wanted to wait until the animals and employees settled in before hosting an open house.
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SHERIFF Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of sheriff for Students
: 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)
Origin and Etymology of sheriff
Old English scīrgerēfa, from scīr shire + gerēfa reeve (king's agent)
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