Definition of archduke in English:

archduke

Line breaks: arch|duke
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːtʃdjuːk
 
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noun

A chief duke, in particular (formerly) the son of the Emperor of Austria.
More example sentences
  • The next year the death of the emperor Joseph brought the archduke Charles to the imperial throne.
  • Once at a cocktail do in one of the vast reception areas where archdukes had cavorted, he languidly asked me to fetch him a canapé.
  • It may not be a money-spinner - conventional hoteliers would balk at the thought of changing the flowers or turning paying guests away on a whim - but if archdukes are sleeping in your bedrooms and Sean Connery's in the bar, who cares?

Origin

early 16th century: from Old French archeduc, from Merovingian Latin archidux, archiduc-, from archi- 'chief' + dux, duc- (see duke).

Derivatives

archducal

adjective
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  • The shield has on the top the archducal hat of Austria.
  • Usually there is also a crown or so called ‘archducal hat’ over the arms of Styria.
  • On June 28, 1914, after days of rumors about possible assassination attempts, the archducal car was attacked by means of a bomb thrown from the large surrounding crowds.

archduchy

noun
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  • The capital of this archduchy is Achstein, which lies in the north-east on the shores of Lake Is.
  • As anyone who reads history knows - kingdoms, satrapies, empires, commonwealths, archduchies, monarchies, nomates come and go across the stage of human history.
  • En masse, they joined, creating an instant archduchy (Tierra del Fuego) in 1996.

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