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burgrave

[bur-greyv] /ˈbɜr greɪv/
noun, German History
1.
the appointed head of a fortress.
2.
the hereditary governor of a castle or town.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < German Burggraf, equivalent to Burg castle, town + Graf count
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burgrave

/ˈbɜːɡreɪv/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from German Burggraf, from Old High German burgborough + grāve count
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Encyclopedia Article for burgrave

in medieval Germany, one appointed to command a burg (fortified town) with the rank of count (Graf or comes). Later the title became hereditary and was associated with a domain

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