port·​reeve | \ ˈpōrt‧ˌrēv\
variants: or portgrave \ -​tˌgrāv \ or portgreve \ -​tˌgrēv \
plural -s

Definition of portreeve

1 : a bailiff or mayor charged with keeping the peace and with other duties in a port or market borough of early England
2 : the chief officer of a seaport town

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History and Etymology for portreeve

portreeve from Middle English portereve, portreve, from Old English portgerēfa, from port + gerēfa reeve; portgreve, Middle English, alteration (influenced by Old English portgerēfa) of portreve; portgrave, alteration (influenced by Middle Dutch portgrave portreeve) of portgreve

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