arch·​duke (ˌ)ärch-ˈdük How to pronounce archduke (audio)
: a sovereign prince
: a prince of the imperial family of Austria
archdukedom noun

Examples of archduke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next morning, a frail Bosnian student shot an Austrian archduke. Ed Lotterman, Idaho Statesman, 24 Jan. 2024 The next morning a frail Bosnian student shot an Austrian archduke. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 7 Jan. 2024 Chicago School archduke Milton Friedman described the movement’s strategy: Only a crisis—actual or perceived—produces real change. Cory Doctorow, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 Shawcross deftly reexamines the tragicomic rule of the Austrian archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, the Habsburg prince whom France briefly imposed on Mexico in the 1860s. Richard Feinberg, Foreign Affairs, 22 Feb. 2022 Franz Ferdinand — indie lads, not archduke — is now two full decades into their history, enough so that Hits to the Head, a buoyant greatest-of album, will be released on March 11. Vulture, 2 Mar. 2022 Tucked away among Aleppo pines in tranquil Čikat Bay, once the playground of archdukes, aristocrats, and emperors, the villas—dubbed Villa Sea Princess Nika and Captain’s Villa Rouge—debuted in May 2022. Kristin Vuković, Robb Report, 18 Apr. 2023 The effort plunged me into the baroque world of high-end antiquities, where a strange globe-spanning story entangled the estate of a La Jolla aviation mogul, an accountant from England, an Italian auctioneer, a watch-collecting Middle Eastern sultan and the archduke of Austria. Daniel Miller Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 In 1864, an ambitious and somewhat delusional 31-year-old Austrian archduke named Maximilian von Hapsburg set sail for Mexico with plans to invade and install himself as an enlightened despot, a modernizing and benevolent emperor. Nathaniel Parish Flannery, Forbes, 11 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of archduke was in the 15th century

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“Archduke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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