vaivode

noun vai·vode \ˈvīˌvōd\
variants: or

voivode

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voivod

\ˈvȯiˌ-\

Definition of vaivode

plural

-s

  1. :  a military commander or governor of a town or province in various Slavic countries

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Origin and Etymology of vaivode

vaivode from New Latin & Italian vaivoda, from obsolete Hungarian vajvoda, from Serbian & Slovene vojvoda, from Old Bulgarian vojevoda, literally, chieftain, from voinŭ warrior, soldier (akin to Lithuanian vyti to pursue, hunt) + voditi to lead; voivode from Russian voevoda, from Old Bulgarian — more at vim


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