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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Examples from the Web for burgrave

Historical Examples of burgrave

  • Her husband, the old Burgrave, and his son, handsome Eitelfritz—But you know all that.

  • Burgrave Job is eighty years of age; Burgrave Magnus, his son, is sixty.

    The Forerunners

    Romain Rolland

  • My riches go to the Burgrave for the comfort of this city where they were won.

  • The Burgrave of Lo had sat with folded hands when the tide was at the flood, and in doing so he lost his one opportunity.

    The Story of Bruges

    Ernest Gilliat-Smith

  • Her father thought they would probably have a dance there, for the young sons of the Burgrave would act as hosts.

British Dictionary definitions for burgrave



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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