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sher·iff

 (shĕr′ĭf)
n.
1. A public officer in the United States with responsibility for certain law enforcement and administrative legal duties, such as making arrests and serving processes, usually for a particular county.
2. A public officer in various other countries performing certain law enforcement, judicial, or ceremonial functions.

[Middle English, the representative of royal authority in a shire, from Old English scīrgerēfa : scīr, shire + gerēfa, reeve.]

sheriff

(ˈʃɛrɪf)
n
1. (Law) (in the US) the chief law-enforcement officer in a county: popularly elected, except in Rhode Island
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in England and Wales) the chief executive officer of the Crown in a county, having chiefly ceremonial duties.
3. (Professions) (in Scotland) a judge in any of the sheriff courts
4. (Law) (in Scotland) a judge in any of the sheriff courts
5. (Professions) (in Australia) an administrative officer of the Supreme Court, who enforces judgments and the execution of writs, empanels juries, etc
6. (Law) (in Australia) an administrative officer of the Supreme Court, who enforces judgments and the execution of writs, empanels juries, etc
7. (Professions) (in New Zealand) an officer of the High Court
8. (Law) (in New Zealand) an officer of the High Court
[Old English scīrgerēfa, from scīr shire1 + gerēfa reeve1]
ˈsheriffdom n

sher•iff

(ˈʃɛr ɪf)

n.
1. the law-enforcement officer of a county or other civil subdivision of a state.
2. (formerly) an important civil officer in an English shire.
[before 1050; Old English scīrgerēfa. See shire, reeve1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sheriff - the principal law-enforcement officer in a countysheriff - the principal law-enforcement officer in a county
law officer, lawman, peace officer - an officer of the law

sheriff

noun
Related words
adjective shrieval
Translations
الشَّريف
šerif
sherif
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lögreglustjóri
šerifas
šerifs
šerif
šerif
şerif

sheriff

[ˈʃerɪf]
A. N (in US) → alguacil m, sheriff m; (in England) → gobernador m civil; (in Scotland) → juez mf
B. CPD sheriff court N (Scot) → tribunal m de distrito

sheriff

[ˈʃɛrɪf] nshérif m

sheriff

nSheriff m; (Scot) → Friedensrichter(in) m(f)

sheriff

[ˈʃɛrɪf] nsceriffo

sheriff

(ˈʃerif) noun
in the United States, the chief law officer of a county, concerned with maintaining peace and order.
References in classic literature ?
Well, sir, as you have abundant leisure for all these important affairs, I beg that you will forget that you are high sheriff, and devote some little of your time to gallantry.
Hut would it have been decorous for the High Sheriff of —to mingle in such sports as these?
I have seen High Sheriffs in the great world, whom my father went to see, give him two fingers--the High Sheriff of Barkinghamshire came to see me, and shook hands cordially.
Then followed the history and rise of the ancient and respectable family, in the usual terms; how it had been first settled in Cheshire; how mentioned in Dugdale, serving the office of high sheriff, representing a borough in three successive parliaments, exertions of loyalty, and dignity of baronet, in the first year of Charles II, with all the Marys and Elizabeths they had married; forming altogether two handsome duodecimo pages, and concluding with the arms and motto:--"Principal seat, Kellynch Hall, in the county of Somerset," and Sir Walter's handwriting again in this finale:--
THE High Sheriff of Merseyside, Stephen Burrows, visited the Tomorrow's Women Wirral Centre, in Birkenhead, on Friday, December 15.
THE RNLI volunteers in Redcar have been praised for their work during a visit to the town's lifeboat station by the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire.
AWELL-KNOWN figure in the North East business world has taken on the ceremonial role of High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear.
ONE of the city's most successful businessmen has been appointed to the ceremonial role of High Sheriff of the county of West Midlands.
TINY Woods Soccer Academy received an award for the second consecutive year from the High Sheriff of Northumberland in recognition of its outstanding services to the community.
THE Heart of England Community Foundation held its annual Christmas Carol concert at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-on-Avon, raising more than PS2,000 for the Foundation and the High Sheriff of Warwickshire's Fund.
Alison Pring, who works at Pentre Mawr, Abergele, earned a commendation from the High Sheriff of Clwyd for her work in the local community.
Above all, she has just become the new High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan.