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  1. a sheriff's deputy, especially one on whom the sheriff's duties devolve when the office is vacant.

Origin of undersheriff

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at under-, sheriff
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Examples from the Web for undersheriff

Historical Examples

  • He employed a deputy or undersheriff, who was an attorney, and clerks.

    Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.

    S. A. Reilly

  • No sheriff, undersheriff, or county clerk shall enter any complaints in their books unless the complaining party is present.

  • Should the undersheriff hear nothing further, he hangs the man at the end of the respite, as a matter of course.

  • His judicial office of undersheriff of London had required his close attention every Thursday.

    The Oxford Reformers

    Frederic Seebohm

  • His practice at the bar, and appointment as undersheriff, id.Erasmus visits him and writes the Praise of Folly at his house, 193.

    The Oxford Reformers

    Frederic Seebohm

British Dictionary definitions for undersheriff


  1. a deputy sheriff
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