Definition of burgrave in English:

burgrave

noun

historical
  • The governor or hereditary ruler of a German town or castle.

    • ‘Later burgraves appear to stem from Henry's brother and to hold the Speyergau county in addition to the burgravate and cathedral advocacy.’
    • ‘Leiden's medieval name was Leithon, and it was governed until 1420 by burgraves, the representatives of the courts of Holland.’
    • ‘He meanwhile devoted himself to preserving peace in Antwerp, of which city he was burgrave.’
    • ‘At that time it began to be occupied by the king's burgraves.’
    • ‘In Prague Castle he had ten burgraves, very bold and famous men.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from German Burggraf, from Burg castle (see borough) + Graf count, noble.

Pronunciation

burgrave

/ˈbəːɡreɪv/