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Definition: In Anglo-Saxon England, a reeve was the chief magistrate of a town, port, city or district. His position evolved into that of sheriff, or "shire-reeve." After the Norman Conquest, the term came to be applied to a manorial official. Reeves were chosen from among the villeins; they might be appointed by the lord of the manor, but more often they were elected by their fellow villeins.
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