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Topic: OFFICIALS

Language: Old English
Origin: scirgerefa, from scir 'area with its own government' + gerefa 'person in charge of an area'

sheriff

noun
     
sher‧iff [countable]
1SCP an elected law officer of a county in the US
2 also High SheriffPGO the representative of the King or Queen in a county of England and Wales, who has mostly ceremonial duties
3SCL the most important judge in a district or county in Scotland
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