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landgravine

[land-gruh-veen] /ˈlænd grəˌvin/
noun
1.
the wife of a landgrave.
2.
a woman of the rank of a landgrave.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < Dutch landgravin, feminine of landgraaf landgrave
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British Dictionary definitions for landgravine

landgravine

/ˈlændɡrəˌviːn/
noun
1.
the wife or widow of a landgrave
2.
a woman who held the rank of landgrave
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Encyclopedia Article for landgravine

landgrave

a title of nobility in Germany and Scandinavia, dating from the 12th century, when the kings of Germany attempted to strengthen their position in relation to that of the dukes (Herzoge). The kings set up "provincial counts" (Landgrafen) over whom the dukes would have no control and who would have rank and authority equivalent to those of dukes. Later-and more commonly-the title was given to counts in order to make them directly dependent on the king (or emperor).

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