I. noun Etymology: Middle English reve, from Old English gerēfa, from ge- (associative prefix) + -rēfa (akin to Old English -rōf number, Old High German ruova) — more at co- Date: before 12th century 1. a local administrative agent of an Anglo-Saxon king 2. a medieval English manor officer responsible chiefly for overseeing the discharge of feudal obligations 3. a. the council president in some Canadian municipalities b. a local official charged with enforcement of specific regulations <
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II. verb (rove or reeved; reeving) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1627 transitive verb 1. to pass (as a rope) through a hole or opening 2. to fasten by passing through a hole or around something 3. to pass a rope through intransitive verb of a rope to pass through a block or similar device III. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1634 the female of the ruff (sandpiper)

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  • Reeve —   [riːv], Clara, englische Schriftstellerin, * Ipswich 23. 1. 1729, ✝ ebenda 3. 12. 1807; beeinflusst von H. Walpoles »The castle of Otranto« verfasste sie Schauerromane (Gothic Novel), die zu den wichtigsten der Gattung gehören (z. B. »The… …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • reeve — ► NOUN historical ▪ a local official, in particular the chief magistrate of a town or district in Anglo Saxon England. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

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