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reeve

play
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 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-


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reeve

verb

Definition of reeve

rove play \ˈrōv\ 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

Origin and Etymology of reeve

origin unknown


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reeve

noun

Definition of reeve

:the female of the ruff (sandpiper)

Origin and Etymology of reeve

origin unknown



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