voivode









voivode


noun

  1. (in Eastern European history) a local ruler or governor, especially the semi-independent rulers of Transylvania, Wallachia, or Moldavia before c1700.
n.

“local or provincial ruler in Transylvania, Moldavia, etc.,” 1560s, from Russian voevoda, originally “leader of the army,” from Old Church Slavonic voji “warriors” + -voda “leader.” Cf. Hungarian vajvoda (later vajda), Serb. vojvoda, Polish wojewoda.

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