One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A local official, in particular the chief magistrate of a town or district in Anglo-Saxon England.
judge, magistrate, her honour, his honour, your honourView synonyms
- ‘Anglo-Norman England was ‘governed’ by local officers: the sheriff and the reeve, based within the shire.’
- ‘Through all these changes, local government remained untouched: the shires and their reeves, the shire court, the Danegeld, the national militia.’
- ‘Whether this reeve consulted informally with the more important townsmen, we can only speculate.’
- ‘Some of Colchester's reeves are known from the Pipe Rolls and the earliest from a charter's witness list.’
- ‘They were jurors, reeves and lessees, and in demanding freedom and economic opportunity, they were simply claiming what they regarded as their own.’
- 1.1 An official supervising a landowner's estate.
manager, estate manager, agent, overseer, custodian, caretakerView synonyms
- ‘The landlord took his estates into his own hands, appointed bailiffs and reeves to run them and sell the surplus on the open market.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Every manor in England was run by a reeve on behalf of the landlord.’
- ‘The reeve from a manor and six peasants were questioned for every manor visited.’
- 1.2Canadian The president of a village or town council.
- ‘I encourage all councillors and our reeve to open the books widely, to solicit public input and challenge the status quo.’
- ‘Tkachuk was elected reeve in the general election last fall.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘My last comments and questions are directed to our reeve, and council.’
- ‘Wally Happychuk is the recently-elected reeve of the RM of Stuartburn.’
- ‘This is the first time county residents will elect the reeve directly.’
- ‘He was reeve of the RM of Piney from spring of 2002 until his defeat that fall.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The reeve of the RM of Stuartburn noted the snow has people living along the Roseau River watching water levels.’
- ‘Roger Vermette, reeve of the RM of Montcalm, recalled being Henault's teacher from 1965 to 1967.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Morris mayor Barrie Stevenson and RM of Morris reeve Herman Martens say there is a need for an adult education centre in Morris.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Former RM of Ste Anne reeve Lee Guetre is seeking the Liberal nomination for Provencher.’
- ‘Houston remembers working with the rural council, and their reeve, Barry Dickson, on different issues.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A reeve near Morris said he felt his area lost a major new job-creating enterprise because of lobbying by Winnipeg.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘By working together on a solution, we're ensuring that both communities will benefit in the long term,’ Franklin reeve Archie Hunter added.’
Old English rēfa.
Thread (a rope or rod) through a ring or other aperture.‘one end of the new rope was reeved through the chain’
Early 17th century: probably from Dutch reven ‘reef (a sail)’ (see reef).
A female ruff.See ruff (sense 4)
Early 17th century: variant of dialect ree, of unknown origin.
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