Holy Roman Empire


: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Holy Roman Empire was in 1698

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“Holy Roman Empire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Holy%20Roman%20Empire. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition

Holy Roman Empire

geographical name

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

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