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.
Other definitions for reeve (2 of 3)
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).
Other definitions for reeve (3 of 3)
the female of the ruff, Philomachus pugnax.
- Also called ree .
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How to use reeve in a sentence
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 | Hugh Ryan | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
The individual buried here was Robert reeve, who died in 1626, aged fifty-six.Notes and Queries for Worcestershire | John Noake
Ralph, who was assisting to reeve a new block at the foretop, saw that the fog was almost at hand.Ralph Granger's Fortunes | William Perry Brown
But all I could see was the form of my tall aunt couched half-moonwise in Elton reeve's lap.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
John reeve bought largely of the books; but before two months had elapsed reeve himself was no more.A Walk from London to Fulham | Thomas Crofton Croker
Answering to the Saxon reeve; in towns mayor or baillie, of lesser importance than a posadnik.The Rise of the Russian Empire | Hector H. Munro
British Dictionary definitions for reeve (1 of 3)
English history the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th century: Compare 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
British Dictionary definitions for reeve (2 of 3)
to pass (a rope or cable) through an eye or other narrow opening
to fasten by passing through or around something
British Dictionary definitions for reeve (3 of 3)
the female of the ruff (the bird)
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