Shrievalty Shriev"al*ty, n. [Contr. from sheriffalty. See {Shrieve}, n. {Sheriff}.] The office, or sphere of jurisdiction, of a sheriff; sheriffalty. [1913 Webster]

It was ordained by 28 Edward I that the people shall have election of sheriff in every shire where the shrievalty is not of inheritance. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

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  • shrievalty — [shrēv′əl tē] n. pl. shrievalties Brit. 1. a sheriff s office or term of office 2. the district served by a sheriff …   English World dictionary

  • shrievalty — noun Date: 1502 chiefly British the office, term of office, or jurisdiction of a sheriff …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shrievalty — /shree veuhl tee/, n., pl. shrievalties. the office, term, or jurisdiction of a sheriff. Also called sheriffalty. [1495 1505; SHRIEVE1 + alty, as in mayoralty] * * * …   Universalium

  • Shrievalty — The office of a sheriff, his jurisdiction. [< shrive, shrieve = an old form of sheriff] Cf. Sheriff …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • shrievalty — shriev·al·ty || ʃrɪːvltɪ n. office of sheriff, jurisdiction of a sheriff …   English contemporary dictionary

  • shrievalty — noun (plural shrievalties) chiefly historical the office, jurisdiction, or tenure of a sheriff …   English new terms dictionary

  • Shrievalty — ♦ Office of sheriff. (Frame, Robin. Colonial Ireland, 1169 1369, 144) Related terms: Sheriff …   Medieval glossary

  • shrievalty — shriev·al·ty …   English syllables

  • shrievalty —   n. sheriff s office or jurisdiction …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • shrievalty — The office or jurisdiction of a sheriff; the period of a sheriff s term of office …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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