sheriff

[ sher-if ]SEE DEFINITION OF sheriff

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHERIFF

I am under the sheriff's orders, and not under the orders of that officer.

You can tell all this to the colonel or the sheriff; if they let you go, I'll say nothing against it.

Aleck looked at the driver, then at the Sheriff, and then at my father.

I was wanted at Johnstown by Sheriff Frey, on some matter which would not wait for the morrow.

"He is as close as the bark on a beech-tree," concluded the sheriff.

And it was with a child's look of pitiful dismay and perplexity that he faced the sheriff.

Pete says you better notify the coroner—and I reckon the sheriff, too.

Thither came the Sheriff and was shown into the King's presence.

"Then I hold all Nottingham men to be cowards," said the Sheriff.

"But hearken, O my most gracious Sovereign," said the Sheriff.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English scirgerefa "representative of royal authority in a shire," from scir (see shire) + gerefa "chief, official, reeve" (see reeve). As an American county official, attested from 1660s; sheriff's sale first recorded 1798. Sheriff's tooth (late 14c.) was a common name for the annual tax levied to pay for the sheriff's victuals during court sessions.

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nounofficer of the law
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