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GEREFA Definition & Legal Meaning

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In Saxon law. Greve, reve, or reeve; a ministerial officer of high antiquityin England; answering to the grave or graf (gra/io) of the early continental nations. Theterm was applied to various grades of officers, from the sci/re-gerefa, shirc-grefe, orshire-rcve, who had charge of the county, (and whose title and office have beenperpetuated in the modern “sheriff,”) down to the tun-gerefa, or town-reeve, andlower. Burrill.

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