Holy Roman Empire


Definition of Holy Roman Empire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an empire consisting primarily of a loose confederation of German and Italian territories under the suzerainty of an emperor and existing from the 9th or 10th century to 1806

Holy Roman Empire

geographical name

Definition of Holy Roman Empire (Entry 2 of 2)

realm of varying extent in central Europe in the medieval and modern periods that had what is now Germany as its chief component

First Known Use of Holy Roman Empire


1698, in the meaning defined above

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“Holy Roman Empire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Holy%20Roman%20Empire. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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