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voivode

[ voi-vohd ]
/ ˈvɔɪ voʊd /
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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

First recorded in 1550–60; ultimately from Slavic; compare Polish wojewoda, Russian voevóda, Serbo-Croatian vȍj(e)voda, Old Church Slavonic 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, from Hungarian vajvoda (now vajda ), from Slavic

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