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

Examples of archduke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The archduke, who heads the historic House of Habsburg-Lorraine, has been in self-quarantine since March 12 after testing positive for the virus. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "All the Celebrities Who Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus," 9 Jan. 2021 How in the world could the assassination of an archduke who is a second level official in Sarajevo in June of 1914 have created a conflagration that was so devastating that historians had to create a whole new category to describe it? CBS News, "National security analyst Graham Allison on second "mutually assured destruction"— a U.S.-China climate conflict," 11 Nov. 2020 The family needs money, the last of the line dies, or the old archduke’s armor gives the Gen X heir night sweats — such occasions sharpen the animal spirits, and off to Maastricht the art goes. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art for Sale in Maastricht: Quality, Quality, Quality," 11 Mar. 2020 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

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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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21 Jan 2021

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“Archduke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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: a prince of the royal family of Austria

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