reeve

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noun (1)

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

reeve

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verb

rove ˈrōv How to pronounce reeve (audio) or reeved; reeving

transitive verb

1
: to pass (something, such 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

reeve

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noun (2)

: the female of the ruff (sandpiper)

Examples of reeve in a Sentence

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Noun
Dave Carlson, the reeve of Emerson-Franklin, said instances of people crossing the border outside the checkpoint have dropped significantly in recent years. CBS News, 21 Jan. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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-

Verb

origin unknown

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1610, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reeve was before the 12th century

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“Reeve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reeve. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

reeve

noun
ˈrēv
: an English manor officer of the Middle Ages

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