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From German Burggraf, from Burg (castle) +‎ Graf (count). Compare Dutch burggraaf, French burgrave. See margrave.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɜːɡɹeɪv/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɜɹɡɹeɪv/
  • Hyphenation: burg‧grave


burggrave (plural burggraves)

  1. (historical) One appointed to the command of a burg (fortress or castle), especially in German-speaking Europe.
  2. One who holds a hereditary title, with an associated domain, descended from an ancestor who commanded a burg, especially in German-speaking Europe.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for burggrave in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)