portreeve

noun port·reeve \ˈpōrt‧ˌrēv\
variants: or

portgrave

\-tˌgrāv\ or

portgreve

\-tˌgrēv\

Definition of portreeve

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a bailiff or mayor charged with keeping the peace and with other duties in a port or market borough of early England

  2. 2 :  the chief officer of a seaport town

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Origin and Etymology of 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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