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Definition of "reeve" [reeve]

  • The elected president of a town council in some parts of Canada. (noun)
  • Any of various minor officers of parishes or other local authorities. (noun)
  • A bailiff or steward of a manor in the later medieval period. (noun)
  • A high officer of local administration appointed by the Anglo-Saxon kings. (noun)
  • Nautical To pass (a rope or rod) through a hole, ring, pulley, or block. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reeve" in a sentence
  • "All he got was 'reeve' of some little shi-poke burg down south."
  • "The principal officers were the "reeve" or head-man, the "beadle" or messenger, and the "tithing-man" or petty constable."
  • "But I didn't know it was serious enough to call a reeve out of Toskala. ""