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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man in medieval Germany who had jurisdiction over a particular territory.
  • n. Used as the title for such a nobleman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. specific nobiliary title ranking as count in certain feudal countships in the Holy Roman Empire, in present Germany.
  • n. County nobleman in the British, privately held North American colony Carolina, ranking just below the proprietary (chartered equivalent of a royal vassal).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A German nobleman of a rank corresponding to that of an earl in England and of a count in France.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Germany, in the middle ages, a graf or count to whom were intrusted special judicial functions, extending over a considerable territory; later, the title of certain German princes, some of whom were princes of the empire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a count who had jurisdiction over a large territory in medieval Germany

Etymologies

From Middle Low German : lant, land; + grave, count.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Landgraf, itself from Land 'land, territory, principality' + Graf 'count'. (Wiktionary)

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