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reeve 1

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noun

1chiefly historical A local official, in particular the chief magistrate of a town or district in Anglo-Saxon England.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 historical An official supervising a landowner’s estate.
Example sentences
  • Every manor in England was run by a reeve on behalf of the landlord.
  • Commenting on estate accounting in a later period (mainly the thirteenth century), he quotes contemporary sources suggesting some laxity of management and poor stewardship by the reeve or bailiff.
  • The reeve from a manor and six peasants were questioned for every manor visited.
1.2Canadian The president of a village or town council.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Old English rēfa.

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reeve 2 Line breaks: reeve

verb (past and past participle rove rəʊv or reeved)

[with object] Nautical
Thread (a rope or rod) through a ring or other aperture: one end of the new rope was reeved through the chain

Origin

Early 17th century: probably from Dutch reven 'reef (a sail)' (see reef2).

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reeve 3 Line breaks: reeve

noun

Origin

Early 17th century: variant of dialect ree, of unknown origin.

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