- shrieve (obsolete)
From Middle English shirreve, from Old English scīrġerēfa, corresponding to shire + reeve. There is no etymological connection to Sharif (شَرِيف (šarīf)), an Arabic word with the same meaning that has various cognates in other languages like Hindi, Urdu, etc.
sheriff (plural sheriffs)
- (Britain, except Scotland) (High Sheriff) An official of a shire or county office, responsible for carrying out court orders, law enforcement and other duties.
- (Scotland) A judge in the sheriff court, the court of a county or sheriffdom.
- (US) A government official, usually responsible for law enforcement in his county and for administration of the county jail, sometimes an officer of the court, usually elected.
- To carry out the duties of a sheriff