from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The office or jurisdiction of sheriff. See shrievalty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office or jurisdiction of sheriff; sheriffship; shrievalty.
- n. Term or period of office as sheriff.
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Thus the "sheriffalty" was extinguished, and mother and child took their seat beside me in the car.
Meredith, knighted in his sheriffalty, on occasion of an address which he brought tip to the king from his county.
Scarcely had Mr. Woodroffe's sheriffalty expired a week, when he was struck with a paralytic affection, and languished a few days in the most pitiable and helpless condition, presenting a striking contrast to his former activity in the cause of blood.
Henry the First, in the same charter by which he declared and confirmed the privileges of the City of _London_, (and among others, that of choosing their own sheriffs,) conferred on them, in consideration of an annual rent of 300_l. _, to be paid to his majesty and his successors for ever, the perpetual sheriffalty of _Middlesex_.
He expects them to come in, only as he compels them to come in; sending out the rugged sheriffalty of law and penal enforcement, to grapple them, as it were, by the shoulder.
Richard Phillips to the Livery of London, which address he published as soon as he was out of office, it is absolutely impossible for any person to be aware of the good done, and the still greater good attempted to be accomplished by Sir Richard during his sheriffalty.
Nichola Camville (who is described by an ancient historian as being 'a martial woman of great courage and address ') had the sheriffalty of the county of Lincoln committed to her; which honourable and important trust was continued to her by a grant of Henry III., "&c.