- a military governor of a march, or border province, in Germany
- the hereditary title of certain princes of the Holy Roman Empire or Germany
Origin of margraveMiddle Dutch markgrave from Middle High German marcgrave from Old High German marcgravo from marc (see mark), a march, border + graf, a count, earl
- The lord or military governor of a medieval German border province.
- Used as a hereditary title for certain princes in the Holy Roman Empire.
Origin of margraveProbably Middle Dutch marcgrāve marc march, border ; see merg- in Indo-European roots. grāve count ( perhaps ultimately from Greek grapheus scribe ; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.)
- A feudal era military-administrative officer of comital rank in the Carolingian empire and some successor states, originally in charge of a border area.
- A hereditary ruling prince in certain feudal states of the Holy Roman Empire and elsewhere; the titular equivalent became known as marquis or marquess.