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Variously from a number of Slavic languages: Bulgarian войво́да (vojvóda), Russian воево́да (vojevóda), Macedonian војвода (vojvoda), Serbo-Croatian vòjvoda, Czech vévoda, Polish wojewoda, all from Proto-Slavic *vojevoda.



voivode (plural voivodes)

  1. A local ruler or official in various parts of central and eastern Europe, especially early semi-independent rulers of Transylvania.
    • 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821:
      , II.27:
      George Sechell [], having beene defeated in a battell by the Vayvoda of Transilvania, and taken Prisoner, was for three dayes together tyed naked to a wooden-horse, exposed to all manner of tortures, any man might devise against him [].
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, Chapter 3:
      Who was it but one of my own race who as Voivode crossed the Danube and beat the Turk on his own ground? This was a Dracula indeed!
  2. An administrative chief in modern Poland.

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