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reeve

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noun \ˈrēv\

Definition of reeve

  1. 1 :  a local administrative agent of an Anglo-Saxon king

  2. 2 :  a medieval English manor officer responsible chiefly for overseeing the discharge of feudal obligations

  3. 3 a :  the council president in some Canadian municipalities b :  a local official charged with enforcement of specific regulations <deer reeve>



Origin and Etymology of reeve

Middle English reve, from Old English gerēfa, from ge- (associative prefix) + -rēfa (akin to Old English -rōf number, Old High German ruova) — more at co-


First Known Use: before 12th century


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reeve

verb

Definition of reeve

rove

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reeved

reeving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pass (as a rope) through a hole or opening

  3. 2 :  to fasten by passing through a hole or around something

  4. 3 :  to pass a rope through

  5. intransitive verb
  6. of a rope :  to pass through a block or similar device



Origin and Etymology of reeve

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1627


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reeve

noun

Definition of reeve

  1. :  the female of the ruff (sandpiper)



Origin and Etymology of reeve

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1634



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