Main definitions of reeve in English

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reeve1

noun

  • 1historical A local official, in particular the chief magistrate of a town or district in Anglo-Saxon England.

    • ‘Anglo-Norman England was ‘governed’ by local officers: the sheriff and the reeve, based within the shire.’
    • ‘They were jurors, reeves and lessees, and in demanding freedom and economic opportunity, they were simply claiming what they regarded as their own.’
    • ‘Through all these changes, local government remained untouched: the shires and their reeves, the shire court, the Danegeld, the national militia.’
    • ‘Some of Colchester's reeves are known from the Pipe Rolls and the earliest from a charter's witness list.’
    • ‘Whether this reeve consulted informally with the more important townsmen, we can only speculate.’
    judge, magistrate, Her Honour, His Honour, Your Honour
    1. 1.1historical An official supervising a landowner's estate.
      • ‘Every manor in England was run by a reeve on behalf of the landlord.’
      • ‘Commenting on estate accounting in a later period (mainly the thirteenth century), he quotes contemporary sources suggesting some laxity of management and poor stewardship by the reeve or bailiff.’
      • ‘The reeve from a manor and six peasants were questioned for every manor visited.’
      • ‘The landlord took his estates into his own hands, appointed bailiffs and reeves to run them and sell the surplus on the open market.’
      • ‘Above one is the reeve's office, equipped with fireplace (note outside the unusual stone chimney cowl) and built-in cupboard; he was the official responsible for overseeing the stacking of sheaves and the threshing of grain.’
      manager, estate manager, agent, overseer, custodian, caretaker
    2. 1.2Canadian The president of a village or town council.
      • ‘My last comments and questions are directed to our reeve, and council.’
      • ‘I live in the RM of Reynolds and am appalled by the arrogance of the present reeve and several strong-willed councillors, who along with a few followers, are steam rolling construction of a fire hall in Ward 6 near the hamlet of Prawda.’
      • ‘Houston remembers working with the rural council, and their reeve, Barry Dickson, on different issues.’
      • ‘I encourage all councillors and our reeve to open the books widely, to solicit public input and challenge the status quo.’
      • ‘This is the first time county residents will elect the reeve directly.’
      • ‘During the meeting with Vic Toews, the reeve noted the federal government's Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration had called for the study, then said the study was flawed and called for another look.’
      • ‘Members of the La Broquerie fire department put in a 12-hour shift helping the lift station out by pumping water and the public works supervisor put in a full 24-hour shift during the crisis peak, the reeve noted.’
      • ‘When I called my reeve to enquire about the RM of Reynolds' spray program I was told something about the need to control purple loosestrife and the costs associated with mowing versus spraying.’
      • ‘In a telephone interview later, the reeve said he had abstained from voting because presenters speaking against the proposal had expressed strong points that he felt needed more consideration.’
      • ‘The reeve of the RM of Stuartburn noted the snow has people living along the Roseau River watching water levels.’
      • ‘Wally Happychuk is the recently-elected reeve of the RM of Stuartburn.’
      • ‘A reeve near Morris said he felt his area lost a major new job-creating enterprise because of lobbying by Winnipeg.’
      • ‘Tkachuk was elected reeve in the general election last fall.’
      • ‘He was reeve of the RM of Piney from spring of 2002 until his defeat that fall.’
      • ‘Roger Vermette, reeve of the RM of Montcalm, recalled being Henault's teacher from 1965 to 1967.’
      • ‘The artifacts are of considerable importance to the history of Richmond, she said, because Kidd was one of the city's most recognized pioneers, a signer of the original petition to incorporate and a local councillor and reeve.’
      • ‘Morris mayor Barrie Stevenson and RM of Morris reeve Herman Martens say there is a need for an adult education centre in Morris.’
      • ‘Former RM of Ste Anne reeve Lee Guetre is seeking the Liberal nomination for Provencher.’
      • ‘‘By working together on a solution, we're ensuring that both communities will benefit in the long term,’ Franklin reeve Archie Hunter added.’
      • ‘Boyd decided not to stand as reeve the following year, or in 1886, when Kilgour decided to dissolve his partnership with Boyd and farm on his own.’

Origin

Old English rēfa.

Pronunciation

reeve

/riːv/

Main definitions of reeve in English

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reeve2

verbrove, reeved

[with object]Nautical
  • Thread (a rope or rod) through a ring or other aperture.

    ‘one end of the new rope was reeved through the chain’

Origin

Early 17th century probably from Dutch reven ‘reef (a sail)’ (see reef).

Pronunciation

reeve

/riːv/

Main definitions of reeve in English

: reeve1reeve2reeve3

reeve3

noun

  • A female ruff.

Origin

Early 17th century variant of dialect ree, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

reeve

/riːv/