burgrave

burgrave

[bur-greyv]
noun German History.
1.
the appointed head of a fortress.
2.
the hereditary governor of a castle or town.

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

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burgrave (ˈbɜːɡreɪv)
 
n
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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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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