What does Sheriff mean?

Definitions for Sheriff
ˈʃɛr ɪfSher·iff

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sheriffnoun

    the principal law-enforcement officer in a county

Wiktionary

  1. sheriffnoun

    excl. (High Sheriff) An official of a shire or county office, responsible for carrying out court orders and other duties.

    Etymology: scīrġerēfa, corresponding to shire + reeve.

  2. sheriffnoun

    A judge in the sheriff court, the court of a county or sheriffdom.

    Etymology: scīrġerēfa, corresponding to shire + reeve.

  3. sheriffnoun

    A police officer, usually the chief of police for a county or other district.

    Etymology: scīrġerēfa, corresponding to shire + reeve.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sheriffnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. shereve, AS. scr-gerfa; scr a shire + gerfa a reeve. See Shire, and Reeve, and cf. Shrievalty.]

Freebase

  1. Sheriff

    In principle, a sheriff is a legal official with responsibility for a county. In practice, the specific combination of legal, political, and ceremonial duties of a sheriff varies greatly from country to country. The word "sheriff" is a contraction of the term "shire reeve". The term, from the Old English scīrgerefa, designated a royal official responsible for keeping the peace throughout a shire or county on behalf of the king. The term was preserved in England notwithstanding the Norman Conquest. From the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms the term spread to several other regions, at an early point to Scotland, latterly to Ireland, and to the United States. Sheriffs exist in various countries: ⁕Sheriffs are administrative legal officials similar to bailiffs in the Republic of Ireland, Australia, and Canada. ⁕Sheriffs are judges in Scotland. ⁕Sheriff is a ceremonial position in England, Wales, and India. ⁕In the United States of America, the scope of a sheriff varies across states and counties. The sheriff is most often a county official, and serves as the arm of the county court; but some cities, such as those in the Commonwealth of Virginia, also have a sheriff's office that serves as the arm of the city court and jail. The sheriff always performs court duties such as administering the county or city jail, providing courtroom security and prisoner transportation, serving warrants, and serving process. In urban areas a sheriff may be restricted to those duties. Many other sheriffs and their deputies may serve as the principal police force.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sheriff

    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-geréfascir (Eng. shire), geréfa, a governor; cog. with Ger. graf, a count.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Sheriff

    in England the chief officer of the Crown in every county, appointed annually, and intrusted with the execution of the laws and the maintenance of peace and order, with power to summon the posse commitatus. The office originated in Anglo-Saxon times, when it exercised wide judicial functions which have been gradually curtailed, and such duties as remain—the execution of writs, enforcement of legal decisions, &c., are mostly delegated to an under-sheriff (usually a lawyer) and bound-bailiffs, while the sheriff himself, generally a person of wealth (the office being unsalaried and compulsory, but not necessarily for more than one year) discharges merely honorary duties. In Scotland the sheriff, or sheriff-depute as he is called, is the chief judge of the county, and has under him one or more sheriffs-substitute, upon whom devolves the larger portion of the important and multifarious duties of his office. In America the sheriff is the chief administrative officer of the county, but exercises no judicial functions at all.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sheriff in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sheriff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Sheriff in a Sentence

  1. Ed Lee:

    There was nothing in [the sanctuary city policy] that prevented our Sheriff from picking up the phone, do I need to educate somebody about how to pick up a phone?

  2. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval:

    I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the untimely death of a Carson City Sheriff's Deputy and pray for strength and peace for his family and fellow officers during this time of tragedy, the death of this dedicated officer is a sobering reminder of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform courageously make each and every day as they protect our communities.

  3. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez:

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office family extends our sincere condolences to the family of Patricia Spivey as they mourn the loss of their loved one, while the facts of this specific case will be determined by a jury, I encourage all victims of domestic violence to seek assistance from law enforcement and others whom they trust.

  4. Joe Loveland:

    The death of Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller was a terrible tragedy, executing a 66-year-old decorated Vietnam veteran with no prior criminal record who was seriously ill at the time of the crime only compounds the tragedy.

  5. Robert Corn-Revere:

    It reaffirms that the rule of law governs local law enforcement officials, no matter how convinced they are of their own rightness, the sheriff's naked threat of government power did not fool the court.

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