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reeve (n.)

"steward," Middle English reve, refe, reive, rive, from Old English gerefa "king's officer," an Anglo-Saxon official of high rank, having local jurisdiction under a king, usually charged with administration of the affairs of a town or district. A word of unknown origin and with no known cognates, it is not considered to be connected to German Graf (see margrave). Compare sheriff. In Middle English also of manorial managers (c. 1300), an agent or steward of God (late 14c.). The mid-15c. "Life of St. Norbert" calls the Devil a wikkid reue. Related: Reeveship.

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Definitions of reeve from WordNet
1
reeve (v.)
pass a rope through;
reeve an opening
reeve (v.)
pass through a hole or opening;
reeve a rope
reeve (v.)
fasten by passing through a hole or around something;
2
reeve (n.)
female ruff;
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