burgrave

noun, often capitalized bur·grave \ ˈbərˌgrāv \

Definition of burgrave

plural -s
1 :the military governor of a German city in the 12th and 13th centuries
2 :a noble ruling by hereditary right a German castle or town and its adjacent lands — compare landgrave, margrave

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Origin and Etymology of burgrave

modification of German burggraf, from Middle High German burcgrāve, from burc fortress, town (from Old High German burg fortified place) + grāve count, from Old High German grāvo, grāvio count, overseer; akin to Old Frisian grēva overseer, Middle Dutch grave, greve, Middle Low German grēve, and perhaps to Gothic gagrefts decree


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