shrievalty

[shree-vuh l-tee]
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noun, plural shriev·al·ties.

the office, term, or jurisdiction of a sheriff.

Nearby words

  1. shrewmouse,
  2. shrewsbury,
  3. shri,
  4. shriek,
  5. shrieval,
  6. shrieve,
  7. shrift,
  8. shrike,
  9. shrill,
  10. shrimp

Origin of shrievalty

1495–1505; shrieve1 + -alty, as in mayoralty

Also called sheriffalty.

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British Dictionary definitions for shrievalty

shrievalty

noun plural -ties

the office or term of office of a sheriff
the jurisdiction of a sheriff

Word Origin for shrievalty

C16: from shrieve, on the model of mayoralty

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