shrievalty

[ shree-vuhl-tee ]
/ ˈʃri vəl ti /

noun, plural shriev·al·ties.

the office, term, or jurisdiction of a sheriff.

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Also called sheriffalty.

Origin of shrievalty

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

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British Dictionary definitions for shrievalty

shrievalty
/ (ˈʃriːvəltɪ) /

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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