shrievalty

shrievalty

[shree-vuhl-tee]
noun, plural shrievalties.
the office, term, or jurisdiction of a sheriff.
Also called sheriffalty.


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

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shrievalty (ˈʃriːvəltɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the office or term of office of a sheriff
2.  the jurisdiction of a sheriff
 
[C16: from shrieve, on the model of mayoralty]

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