from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Before the Norman conquest, the governor of an English town or city.
- n. The chief municipal officer in certain unincorporated English towns before the passage, in 1835, of the Municipal Corporations Act.
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Its burgesses could elect their own chief magistrate, who was called the port-reeve, inasmuch as London is a seaport; in some other towns he was called the borough-reeve.