margrave


mar·grave

noun \ˈmär-ˌgrāv\

Definition of MARGRAVE

1
:  the military governor especially of a German border province
2
:  a member of the German nobility corresponding in rank to a British marquess
mar·gra·vi·al \mär-ˈgrā-vē-əl\ adjective

Origin of MARGRAVE

Dutch markgraaf, from Middle Dutch marcgrave; akin to Old High German marha boundary and to Old High German grāvo count — more at mark
First Known Use: 1551

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