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shrievalty

Syllabification: shriev·al·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈSHrēvəltē
 
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Definition of shrievalty in English:

noun (plural shrievalties)

chiefly historical
The office, jurisdiction, or tenure of a sheriff.
Example sentences
  • Moreover, the combined salaries of the three wardens or lieutenants was now less than £400 per annum, and much of this was recouped by reviving the ancient practice of farming the shrievalties.
  • This connection ensured that Stephen received a number of important, and lucrative, appointments, and Lancashire was simply one of a number of shrievalties he held at the same time.
  • 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.

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