Graf

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 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 on the count's benches of the Reichstag.