Definition of archduke
1 : a sovereign prince
2 : a prince of the imperial family of Austria
archdukedomplay \-dəm\ noun
Recent Examples of archduke from the Web
Both laypeople and experts fear that just as in 1914 the murder of an Austrian archduke sparked the First World War, in 2017 some incident in the Syrian Desert or an unwise move in the Korean Peninsula might ignite a global conflict.
In 1914 an archduke’s murder in Sarajevo caused economically interdependent states in Europe to fight a giant war of survival, so why can’t disputes over Asian rocks, reefs and artificial islands create a massive conflagration today?
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Origin and Etymology of archduke
Middle French archeduc, from arche- arch- + duc duke
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
ARCHDUKE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of archduke for English Language Learners
: a prince of the royal family of Austria
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