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Etymology

Old English scīrġerēfa, corresponding to shire + reeve.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /'ʃɛrɪf/

Noun

Singular
sheriff

Plural
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  1. (UK) excl. (Scotland) (High Sheriff) An official of a shire or county office, responsible for carrying out court orders and other duties.
  2. (Scotland) A judge in the sheriff court, the court of a county or sheriffdom.
  3. (US) A police officer, usually the chief of police for a county or other district.

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