reeve

reeve
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[[t]riv[/t]]
n.
1) gov an administrative officer of a town or district
2) gov (in Canada) the presiding officer of a village or town council
3) gov a steward or overseer of a medieval manor
4) gov (in Anglo-Saxon times) a person of high rank representing the crown
Etymology: bef. 900; ME (i)reve, OE gerēfa high official, lit., head of a rōf array, number (of soldiers); cf. sheriff II
reeve
[[t]riv[/t]] v. t. rove reeved, reev•ing
1) naut. navig. to pass (a rope or the like) through a hole, ring, or the like
2) naut. navig. to fasten by placing through or around something
Etymology: 1620–30; < D reven to reef; see reef II III
reeve
[[t]riv[/t]] n.
orn the female of the ruff, Philomachus pugnax
Also called ree
Etymology: 1625–35; orig. uncert.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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