voivode

[ voi-vohd ]
/ ˈvɔɪ voʊd /

noun

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

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Origin of voivode

1550–60; ≪ Slavic; compare Polish wojewoda,Russian voevóda,Serbo-Croatian vȍj(e)voda, OCS vojevoda commander, governor (translating Greek hēgemṓn and stratēgós), equivalent to voj- base of voinŭ warrior + -e- variant (after j) of -o--o- + -voda, noun derivative of voditi to lead; vaivode<Hungarian vajvoda (now vajda) <Slavic

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