portgreve

Portgreve

Port"greve`\, Portgrave \Port"grave`\, [AS. portger[=e]fa; port a harbor + ger[=e]fa a reeve or sheriff. See Reeve a steward, and cf. Portreeve.] In old English law, the chief magistrate of a port or maritime town.; a portreeve. [Obs.] --Fabyan.
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