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[shree-vuh l-tee] /ˈʃri vəl ti/
noun, plural shrievalties.
the office, term, or jurisdiction of a sheriff.
Also called sheriffalty.
Origin of shrievalty
1495-1505; shrieve1 + -alty, as in mayoralty Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He ought to do something to make his shrievalty memorable… and, moreover, the Lord-Lieutenant was an old man.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Five years later David Salomons, a Jew, was admitted to the shrievalty.

  • Mr. Stephen Tidey Senior, sir, as you may be aware, is next on the list for the shrievalty.

    The Lighted Way

    E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • A very pretty custom obtained, as we learn by the records of Evelyn's father's shrievalty.

  • The shrievalty of the County Palatine has always been esteemed the blue riband of shrievalties.

    Recollections of a Busy Life William B. Forwood
  • One of the pleasantest incidents of the shrievalty is the number of distinguished and interesting people one meets.

    Recollections of a Busy Life William B. Forwood
  • In the first row stood Monceux, in all the pomp of his shrievalty, with his councilmen and aldermen.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • In 1855, however, he was unexpectedly called upon to discharge the duties of the shrievalty.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • He also acquainted T. M. Pearce with his intention of declining the shrievalty in the event of its being conferred on him.

  • Twice Watt was requested to undertake the honor of the shrievalty; in 1803 that of Staffordshire, and in Pg.

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
British Dictionary definitions for shrievalty


noun (pl) -ties
the office or term of office of a sheriff
the jurisdiction of a sheriff
Word Origin
C16: from shrieve, on the model of mayoralty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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