See also: Sheriff

English edit

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Etymology edit

From Middle English shirreve, from Old English sċīrġerēfa, corresponding to shire +‎ reeve. There is no etymological connection to Sharif (شَرِيف(šarīf)), an Arabic title of honour that has cognates in other languages including Hindi, Urdu, Portuguese, etc.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃɛɹɪf/, /ˈʃɛɹəf/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛɹɪf, -ɛɹəf

Noun edit

sheriff (plural sheriffs)

  1. (Britain, except Scotland) (High Sheriff) An official of a shire or county office, responsible for carrying out court orders, law enforcement and other duties.
  2. (Scotland) A judge in the sheriff court, the court of a county or sheriffdom.
  3. (US) A government official, usually responsible for law enforcement in their county and for administration of the county jail, sometimes an officer of the court, usually elected.

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Verb edit

sheriff (third-person singular simple present sheriffs, present participle sheriffing, simple past and past participle sheriffed)

  1. To carry out the duties of a sheriff

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Spanish edit

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Etymology edit

Unadapted borrowing from English sheriff.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃeɾif/ [ˈʃe.ɾif]
  • Rhymes: -eɾif
  • Syllabification: she‧riff

Noun edit

sheriff m (plural sheriffs)

  1. sheriff (all senses)
    Synonym: alguacil

Usage notes edit

According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.

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