Definition of margrave in English:

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margrave

Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːɡreɪv/

noun

historical
The hereditary title of some princes of the Holy Roman Empire.
Example sentences
  • Long after Charlemagne, and even long after the Middle Ages, there were lords in Germany called margraves, still reflecting the administrative inheritance from the early Middle Ages.
  • It is true that mormaers are found inland, but an analogy may be made with Carolingian border officials ‘margrave’ and ‘marquis’ which became titles for members of the nobility far away from a frontier.
  • In order for his margraves, especially, to rule the conquered peoples, Charlemagne had their customs set down in writing.

Origin

Mid 16th century, from Middle Dutch markgrave 'count of a border territory', from marke 'boundary' + grave 'count'.

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