[ahrch-dook, -dyook]
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Origin of archduke

1520–30; earlier archeduke < French archeduc (now archiduc). See arch-1, duke Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a chief duke, esp (since 1453) a prince of the Austrian imperial dynasty
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Word Origin and History for archduke

1520s, from Middle French and Old French archeduc, from Merovingian Latin archiducem (c.750); see arch- + duke (n.). Formerly the title of the rulers of Austrasia, Lorraine, Brabant, and Austria; later the titular dignity of the sons of the Emperor of Austria. Related: Archducal; archduchy.

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