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  1. the principal law-enforcement officer in a county Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The chief officer of a shire or county, to whom is intrusted the execution of the laws, the serving of judicial writs and processes, and the preservation of the peace. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The chief executive officer of a county, whose duty consists in enforcing law and order. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Originally and in England the governor of a shire: an officer in a county who executes the law: the executive officer of the county and circuit courts of the States. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. SHERIFFSHIP. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Officer of a county who executes the law. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. The chief administrative officer of a county, who executes the mandates of courts, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Sheriffalty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. A title of honour given in Arabia, Egypt, and Barbary, to the descendants of Mohammed, through his daughter Fatima and Ali. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A county officer entrusted with the execution of the laws. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. In Eng. and in the U.S., the chief officer of a shire or county, to whom is intrusted the execution of the laws; in Scot., the chief civil officer of a county, and sometimes of a city or burgh which is itself a county, who has extensive jurisdiction as a judge within his own district, both in civil and criminal matters. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. sher'if, n. the governor of a shire: (English law) the chief officer of the crown in every county or shire, his duties being chiefly ministerial rather than judicial: (Scots law) the chief magistrate and judge of the county: in the United States the office of sheriff is mainly ministerial, his principal duties to maintain peace and order, attend courts, guard prisoners, serve processes, and execute judgments.--ns. SHER'IFFALTY, SHER'IFFDOM, SHER'IFFSHIP, the office or jurisdiction of a sheriff; SHER'IFF-CLERK, in Scotland the registrar of the sheriff's court, who has charge of the records of the court; SHER'IFF-DEP'UTE (Scot.), the sheriff proper, so called since the abolition of the heritable jurisdictions in 1748 to distinguish him from the earlier heritable SHER'IFF-PRIN'CIPAL, whose title is now merged in that of the Lord-lieutenant; SHER'IFF-OFF'ICER, in Scotland, an officer connected with the sheriff's court, who is charged with arrests, the serving of processes, &c.; SHER'IFF-SUB'STITUTE, the acting sheriff in a Scotch county or city, like the sheriff-depute appointed by the crown, but unlike the sheriff-depute forced to reside within his judicial district, and forbidden to take other employment; UN'DER-SHER'IFF, the deputy of an English sheriff who performs the execution of writs. [A.S. scir-geréfa--scir (Eng. shire), geréfa, a governor; cog. with Ger. graf, a count.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. Chief officer of crown in county or shire, charged with the keeping of the peace, administering justice under direction of the courts, executing writs by deputy, presiding over elections, &c. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. [Originally shire-reeve, = vice comes, or deputy of the earl.] The chief officer in each county; the bailiff of the Crown. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  15. n. [Anglo Saxon] The chief officer of a shire or county to whom is intrusted the execution of the laws; - in Scotland, the chief local judge of a county or district. Sheriff-substitute, acting or deputy-sheriff, appointed by the principal Sheriff-clerk, clerk of a sheriff- court. Cabinet Dictionary

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