vai·​vode | \ ˈvīˌvōd \
variants: or voivode or less commonly voivod \ ˈvȯiˌ-​ \
plural -s

Definition of vaivode

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

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History and Etymology for 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

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“Vaivode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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