Definition of sheriff noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃerɪf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃerɪf//
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  1. 1(in the US) an elected officer responsible for keeping law and order in a county or town He was elected sheriff of Polk County.
  2. 2(also High Sheriff) (in England and Wales) an officer representing the king or queen in counties, and some cities, who performs some legal duties and attends ceremonies
  3. 3(in Scotland) a judge
  4. 4(in Canada) an official who works in a court preparing court cases
  5. Word OriginOld English scīrgerēfa (see shire, reeve).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sheriff