shrievalty [shree-vuh l-tee] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural shriev·al·ties.
- the office, term, or jurisdiction of a sheriff.
He ought to do something to make his shrievalty memorable… and, moreover, the Lord-Lieutenant was an old man.
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Five years later David Salomons, a Jew, was admitted to the shrievalty.
Reginald R. Sharpe
Mr. Stephen Tidey Senior, sir, as you may be aware, is next on the list for the shrievalty.
E. Phillips Oppenheim
A very pretty custom obtained, as we learn by the records of Evelyn’s father’s shrievalty.
The shrievalty of the County Palatine has always been esteemed the blue riband of shrievalties.
William B. Forwood
British Dictionary definitions for shrievalty shrievalty 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