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Definitions of sheriff

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. SHERIFFSHIP. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Officer of a county who executes the law. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. 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.
  7. A county officer entrusted with the execution of the laws. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. 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.

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Usage examples for sheriff

  1. " Me, of course," said the sheriff – The Rangeland Avenger by Max Brand
  2. " By the Lord, I've heard of you, sheriff – Black Jack by Max Brand
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