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See also: revé, rêve, rêvé, and revê

Middle English[edit]


reve (plural reves)

  1. A reeve (local official).
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Piers Plowman to this entry?)
    • 14thC, Geoffrey Chaucer, Prologue to the Reves Tale, 1915, The College Chaucer, page 94,
      Ne at this tale I saugh no man hym greve, / But it were oonly Osewold the Reve;

Middle French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


Old French rueve, ultimately from Latin rogō(I ask; I demand)[1].


reve f (plural reves)

  1. a taxation on imports and exports


  1. ^ (fr)(de) rogāre in Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch (Walther von Wartburg, 2002)
  • (fr) Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (reve)
  • reve on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330-1500) (in French)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


From the noun rev


reve (imperative rev, present tense rever, passive reves, simple past reva or revet or revde, past participle reva or revet or revd, present participle revende)

  1. (nautical) to reef (a sail)
    • "Rev seilene, rev seilene!", skrek kapteinen. [1]