arch·​duke | \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈdük How to pronounce archduke (audio) , -ˈdyük \

Definition of archduke

1 : a sovereign prince
2 : a prince of the imperial family of Austria

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Other Words from archduke

archdukedom \ (ˌ)ärch-​ˈdük-​dəm How to pronounce archdukedom (audio) , -​ˈdyük-​ \ noun

Examples of archduke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Admiration for French fare did not divert Benito Juárez from waging a successful guerrilla war; in less than five years the archduke was overthrown. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 The poor archduke and his wife were assassinated this morning in Serbia. . . . Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret’ Review: The Id of the Royal Family," 3 Aug. 2018 The archduke disregarded the warning and proceeded to Bosnia Wednesday., "June 29, 1914: Student assassinates Austrian heir," 29 June 2018 In 1918, Gavrilo Princip, 23, the assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the archduke's wife, Sophie, died in prison of tuberculosis. Kaylee Remington,, "Cleveland police investigating after 6-month-old baby dies," 28 Apr. 2018 WHEN a Serb gunman shot an Austrian archduke in the summer of 1914, the nations of Europe tumbled into war with all the grace of bowling pins. The Economist, "If the Ottoman Empire had not collapsedHad the Ottoman Empire been saved rather than sunk," 13 July 2017 No one thought an obscure Austrian archduke’s assassination in 1914 would lead to some 18 million dead by 1918. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Reassertion of power creates risk to U.S.," 6 Apr. 2017 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. Yuval Noah Harari, Time, "Why It’s No Longer Possible for Any Country to Win a War," 23 June 2017 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? Thomas J. Christensen, New York Times, "Hemispheric Pressure: As Asian Powers Rise, How Should the West Respond?," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of archduke

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for archduke

Middle French archeduc, from arche- arch- + duc duke

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28 Oct 2019

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“Archduke.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of archduke

: a prince of the royal family of Austria

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