mar·​grave | \ ˈmär-ˌgrāv How to pronounce margrave (audio) \

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

Other Words from margrave

margravial \ mär-​ˈgrā-​vē-​əl How to pronounce margravial (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of margrave

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for margrave

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

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