What is REEVE?

In old English law. A ministerial officer of justice. His duties seem to have combined many of those now confided to the sheriff or constable and to the justice of the peace. He was also called, in Saxon, “gerefa.”

More On This Topic

Link to This Definition
Did you find this definition of REEVE helpful? You can share it by copying the code below and adding it to your blog or web page.
Written and fact checked by The Law Dictionary