|1.||(in the US) the chief law-enforcement officer in a county: popularly elected, except in Rhode Island|
|2.||(in England and Wales) the chief executive officer of the Crown in a county, having chiefly ceremonial dutiesRelated: shrieval|
|3.||(in Scotland) a judge in any of the sheriff courts|
|4.||(in Australia) an administrative officer of the Supreme Court, who enforces judgments and the execution of writs, empanels juries, etc|
|5.||(in New Zealand) an officer of the High Court|
|[Old English scīrgerēfa, from scīr|
(Dan. 3:2), Babylonian officers.