Sheriff meaning

shĕrĭf
A public officer in various other countries performing certain law enforcement, judicial, or ceremonial functions.
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(Scotland) A judge in the sheriff court, the court of a county or sheriffdom.
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(US) A police officer, usually the chief of police for a county or other district.
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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.
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In England, esp. formerly, any of various officers of a shire, or county.
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In the U.S., the chief law-enforcement officer of a county, charged in general with the keeping of the peace and the execution of court orders.
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(UK, except Scotland) (High Sheriff) An official of a shire or county office, responsible for carrying out court orders and other duties.
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Origin of sheriff

  • Middle English the representative of royal authority in a shire from Old English scīrgerēfa scīr shire gerēfa reeve

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English scÄ«rÄ¡erÄ“fa, corresponding to shire + reeve.

    From Wiktionary