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[ahrch-dook, -dyook] /ˈɑrtʃˈduk, -ˈdyuk/
a title of the sovereign princes of the former ruling house of Austria.
Origin of archduke
1520-30; earlier archeduke < French archeduc (now archiduc). See arch-1, duke Unabridged
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  • I gathered together a goodly number of friends to assist the archduke Albert in Flanders: bought horses, and laid in powder.

    It Might Have Been Emily Sarah Holt
  • The gipsy was a soldier, and on his being admitted, the archduke asked him what he had to say.

  • The public never knew the splendid qualities of the archduke, and misjudged him accordingly.

    In the World War Count Ottokar Czernin
  • The archduke had left the Holy Land and returned home some time before.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
  • Princes and pages formed a line, the archduke Rudolph took off his hat, and the Empress made the first salutation.

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
  • He immediately sent to Leopold, the archduke, and claimed the prisoner as his.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for archduke


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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