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Graf (feminine: Gräfin) is a historical title of the German nobility, usually translated as "count". Considered to be intermediate among noble ranks, the title is often treated as equivalent to the British title of "earl" (whose female version is "countess").

Image of a Grafenkrone, the heraldic coronet of a titular Graf
Heraldic headpiece of a mediatised Graf

The German nobility was gradually divided into high and low nobility. The high nobility included those counts who ruled immediate imperial territories of "princely size and importance" for which they had a seat and vote in the Imperial Diet.