- 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 marcgrave : marc, march, border; see merg- in Indo-European roots + grave, 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.