- an administrative officer of a town or district.
- British. an overseer or superintendent of workers, tenants, or an estate.
- British. (formerly) a person of high rank representing the crown.
- Canadian. the presiding officer of a village or town council.
Origin of reeve1
before 900; Middle English (i)reve, Old English gerēfa high official, literally, head of a rōf array, number (of soldiers); cf. sheriff
- to pass (a rope or the like) through a hole, ring, or the like.
- to fasten by placing through or around something.
- to pass a rope through (the swallow of a block).
Origin of reeve2
1620–30; < Dutch reven to reef; see reef2
- the female of the ruff, Philomachus pugnax.
Origin of reeve3
First recorded in 1625–35; origin uncertain
Also called ree.
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Examples from the Web for reeve
Jam is there because of the sudden death of her boyfriend, Reeve, and the listless state of major depression it throws her into.The Thrilling, Traumatic Lives of Teens: The Fall’s Best YA Fiction
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Reeve passed away after experiencing an adverse reaction to an antibiotic on Oct. 10, 2004.
“My friendship with Robin Williams is one of the real joys of my life,” said Reeve.
“As the day of the operation drew closer, it became more and more painful and frightening to contemplate,” wrote Reeve.
Williams was recently asked what his favorite memory was of Reeve during a very revealing Reddit AMA.
Reeve probably thought it good; at all events, he said so; and he printed it in April.The Education of Henry Adams
We went to supper afterward to meet Catharine and Mr. Reeve.Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
It is also the groove cut in a block for the ropes to reeve through.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Both Muggleton and Reeve were imprisoned for their unitarian views.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)
Augustus De Morgan
When it looked as if the stores would be wrecked, Reeve Marvin butted in.Prescott of Saskatchewan
- English history the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th centuryCompare sheriff
- (in medieval England) a manorial steward who supervised the daily affairs of the manor: often a villein elected by his fellows
- canadian government (in certain provinces) a president of a local council, esp in a rural area
- (formerly) a minor local official in any of several parts of England and the US
Old English gerēva; related to Old High German ruova number, array
- to pass (a rope or cable) through an eye or other narrow opening
- to fasten by passing through or around something
C17: perhaps from Dutch rēven reef ²
- the female of the ruff (the bird)
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for reeve
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