mar·​grave ˈmär-ˌgrāv How to pronounce margrave (audio)
: the military governor especially of a German border province
: a member of the German nobility corresponding in rank to a British marquess
margravial adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xavier Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan Pius Ignatius, and his titles included king of Hungary and Bohemia, margrave of Moravia, and grand prince of Transylvania. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of margrave was in 1551

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“Margrave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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