1The president of a village or town council.
- My last comments and questions are directed to our reeve, and council.
- I live in the RM of Reynolds and am appalled by the arrogance of the present reeve and several strong-willed councillors, who along with a few followers, are steam rolling construction of a fire hall in Ward 6 near the hamlet of Prawda.
- Houston remembers working with the rural council, and their reeve, Barry Dickson, on different issues.
1.1chiefly historical A local official, in particular the chief magistrate of a town or district in Anglo-Saxon England.
- Anglo-Norman England was ‘governed’ by local officers: the sheriff and the reeve, based within the shire.
- They were jurors, reeves and lessees, and in demanding freedom and economic opportunity, they were simply claiming what they regarded as their own.
- Through all these changes, local government remained untouched: the shires and their reeves, the shire court, the Danegeld, the national militia.
Old English rēfa.
A female ruff. See ruff1 (sense 3).
Early 17th century: variant of dialect ree, of unknown origin.
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