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1. (Historical Terms) the military governor of a German town or castle, esp in the 12th and 13th centuries
2. (Historical Terms) a nobleman ruling a German town or castle by hereditary right
[C16: from German Burggraf, from Old High German burg borough + grāve count]
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|Noun||1.||burgrave - a nobleman ruling a German castle and surrounding grounds by hereditary right|
|2.||burgrave - the military governor of a German town in the 12th and 13th centuries|
military governor - the head of a government established by the military (as in a defeated country)
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