from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A reeve having jurisdiction in a town or township, as in Canada. See reeve, 1.
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He told the town-reeve about the gift he had received, and the town-reeve took him to the Abbess and showed her all the matter.
"Summon the town-reeve, messire, the burgesses, the council, declare thy rank, so shall we go free -- none shall dare hold thus a prince of thy exalted state and potent might!