Margrave meaning

mär'grāv'
The lord or military governor of a medieval German border province.
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Used as a hereditary title for certain princes in the Holy Roman Empire.
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A military governor of a march, or border province, in Germany.
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The hereditary title of certain princes of the Holy Roman Empire or Germany.
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A feudal era military-administrative officer of comital rank in the Carolingian empire and some successor states, originally in charge of a border area.
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A hereditary ruling prince in certain feudal states of the Holy Roman Empire and elsewhere; the titular equivalent became known as marquis or marquess.
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Origin of margrave

  • Probably Middle Dutch marcgrāve marc march, border merg- in Indo-European roots grāve count (perhaps ultimately from Greek grapheus scribe gerbh- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle Dutch marcgrāve (modern Dutch markgraaf), cognate with Old High German marcgrāvo (modern German Markgraf), from the Germanic bases of mark (“march, border territory") + grave (“officer of comital rank"). Compare marchion, marquis, landgrave.
    From Wiktionary