burgrave

noun, often capitalized
bur·grave | \ˈbərˌgrāv\
plural -s

Definition of burgrave 

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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History and Etymology for 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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