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  1. the wife of a margrave.
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Origin of margravine

1685–95; < Middle Dutch marcgravinne, equivalent to marcgrave margrave + -inne feminine noun suffix; compare German Markgräfin
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Examples from the Web for margravine

Historical Examples

  • It was built by a Margravine in 1725, and remains as she left it at her death.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • More than once the margravine informed me that I was not the equal of my father.

  • The margravine was not slow to notice and comment on my hilarious readiness.

  • She disliked the Margravine of Rippau, who was in Vienna, and did not recognize us.

  • We saw the cannonier march up to the margravine's carriage for orders.

British Dictionary definitions for margravine


  1. the wife or widow of a margrave
  2. a woman who holds the rank of margrave
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Word Origin

C17: from Middle Dutch, feminine of margrave
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