Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A chief, person with authority

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The word is used as a Portuguese designation of money of account, one hundred reis being about equal in value to eleven cents.
  • n. A common title in the East for a person in authority, especially the captain of a ship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Portuguese money of account: 1,000 reis make a milreis, which is of the value of 4s. 5d. sterling, or about $1.08.
  • n. Same as ras, 2.

Etymologies

From Arabic رئيس (ra’īs, "head, chief, leader") (Wiktionary)

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  • Oblique plural of Xyzy}}.

    November 17, 2011

  • Captain.

    "The children shied extremely at the sight of the galleys that filled the inner port.... The Reis, a formidable great red-bearded figure, was markedly affable to Jacob..."
    --P. O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 224

    March 25, 2008