nounchiefly • historical
- 1A local official, in particular the chief magistrate of a town or district in Anglo-Saxon England.More 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.More 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.More 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.
Old English rēfa.
verb (past and past participle rove /rəʊv/ or reeved)[with object] Nautical
early 17th century: probably from Dutch reven 'reef (a sail)' (see reef2).