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The governor or hereditary ruler of a German town or castle.
- ‘Leiden's medieval name was Leithon, and it was governed until 1420 by burgraves, the representatives of the courts of Holland.’
- ‘In Prague Castle he had ten burgraves, very bold and famous men.’
- ‘At that time it began to be occupied by the king's burgraves.’
- ‘He meanwhile devoted himself to preserving peace in Antwerp, of which city he was burgrave.’
- ‘Later burgraves appear to stem from Henry's brother and to hold the Speyergau county in addition to the burgravate and cathedral advocacy.’
Mid 16th century: from German Burggraf, from Burg ‘castle’ (see borough) + Graf ‘count, noble’.
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