- (in Eastern European history) a local ruler or governor, especially the semi-independent rulers of Transylvania, Wallachia, or Moldavia before c1700.
Origin of voivode
Examples from the Web for voivode
Historical Examples of voivode
Oh, one who is to be king of Albania one day, the Voivode Amesa.
To get her off with him may serve that somebody else: for the voivode is a villain: that much is sure.
But from the voivode in Yakutsk we received no support whatever.Vitus Bering: the Discoverer of Bering Strait
A Voivode was elected and the limits of his province were defined.History of Modern Europe 1972-1878
C. A. Fyffe
I hoped at one time that I might yet become a Voivode—even a great one.The Lady of the Shroud
Word Origin and History for voivode
"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.