Burg rave


noun German History.
the appointed head of a fortress.
the hereditary governor of a castle or town.

1540–50; < German Burggraf, equivalent to Burg castle, town + Graf count

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burgrave (ˈbɜːɡreɪv)
1.  the military governor of a German town or castle, esp in the 12th and 13th centuries
2.  a nobleman ruling a German town or castle by hereditary right
[C16: from German Burggraf, from Old High German burgborough + grāve count]

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