reeve


1reeve

noun \ˈrēv\

Definition of REEVE

1
:  a local administrative agent of an Anglo-Saxon king
2
:  a medieval English manor officer responsible chiefly for overseeing the discharge of feudal obligations
3
a :  the council president in some Canadian municipalities
b :  a local official charged with enforcement of specific regulations <deer reeve>

Origin 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

2reeve

verb
rove \ˈrōv\ or reevedreev·ing

Definition of REEVE

transitive verb
1
:  to pass (as a rope) through a hole or opening
2
:  to fasten by passing through a hole or around something
3
:  to pass a rope through
intransitive verb
of a rope :  to pass through a block or similar device

Origin of REEVE

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1627

3reeve

noun

Definition of REEVE

:  the female of the ruff (sandpiper)

Origin of REEVE

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1634

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