[ bur-greyv ]
/ ˈbɜr greɪv /

noun German History.

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

Origin of burgrave

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


the military governor of a German town or castle, esp in the 12th and 13th centuries
a nobleman ruling a German town or castle by hereditary right

Word Origin for burgrave

C16: from German Burggraf, from Old High German burg borough + grāve count
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