- a former title of governors or princes of Wallachia and Moldavia.
Origin of hospodar
1620–30; < Romanian < Ukrainian gospodár' literally, lord; compare Russian Church Slavonic gospodarĭ (cognate with Czech hospodář, Serbo-Croatian gospòdār), equivalent to gospodĭ lord + -arĭ noun suffix; gospodĭ perhaps < *gos(tĭ)-potĭ, hence cognate with Latin hospes (see host1), though d for t unexplained
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Examples from the Web for hospodar
He is (I believe at this time) the secretary to Milosh, the hospodar of Servia.Servian Popular Poetry
Cantemir, the hospodar of Moldavia, promised support, for his own ends.The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII.
The death of Elena in 1505, and of the Hospodar a year earlier, left the youth Dimitri in a forlorn and friendless condition.The Rise of the Russian Empire
Hector H. Munro
The Greek Hospodar of Jassee immediately surrendered the government, and supplied a large sum of money.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
The hospodar Bibesco soon yielded before the storm, and fled to Kronstadt in Transylvania.Roumania Past and Present
- (formerly) the governor or prince of Moldavia or Wallachia under Ottoman rule
C17: via Romanian from Ukrainian, from hospod' lord; related to Russian gospodin courtesy title, Old Slavonic gospodǐ lord