- Roven is the past tense for reeve, which is a nautical term for passing a rope through a hole or ring.
An example of roven is what a rope would be after passing it through the ring of an anchor.
- Roven is a Dutch word meaning to steal.
An example of roven is someone taking your car in Amsterdam without asking.
Variant of reeve
- in English history,
- the chief officer, under the king, of a town or district
- the overseer and chief peasant of a manor
- the elected head of a village or town council in certain Canadian provinces
Origin of reeveMiddle English reve, earlier irefe ; from Old English gerefa ; from ge- + base of an unverified form rof, row, number