Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. In certain royal families, especially that of imperial Austria, a nobleman having a rank equivalent to that of a sovereign prince.
  • n. Used as a title for such a nobleman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The son or male-line grandson of an emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A prince of the imperial family of Austria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A title formerly borne by some of the sovereign princes of Austrasia, Lorraine, and Brabant, but for several centuries held exclusively by the ruler of the archduchy of Austria (afterward emperor of Austria, and now of Austria-Hungary); now only a titular dignity of the princes of the house of Austria, as archduchess is of the princesses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sovereign prince of the former ruling house of Austria

Etymologies

Obsolete French archeduc : arche-, arch- (from Old French; see arch-1) + duc, duke (from Old French; see duke).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French, from Old French archeduc (modern: archiduc). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Behind the archduke were his two liveried bodyguards, armed and vigilant.

    Tai-Pan

  • The archduke was a man of high-soaring ideas, chivalrous, brave even to the point of audacity, full of expedients and never daunted by failure, but he was deficient in stability of character, and always hampered throughout his life by lack of funds.

    History of Holland

  • During this long and dreadful war, the king had suffered no disaster so terrible as this, and the courtiers now declared openly that the archduke was the cause of the royal and national humiliation.

    History of the United Netherlands from the Death of William the Silent to the Twelve Year's Truce, 1607b

  • On October 26th he writes thus: -- "Since the writing of my other letters, upon the resolution of the emperor and the archduke, I took occasion to go to the archduke, meaning to sound him to the bottom in all causes, and to feel whether such matter as he had uttered to me before (contained in my other letters) proceeded from him

    Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth

  • Four months later, in June, the assassination of an archduke in the Balkans led to World War I, which has also been called “the Third Balkan War.”

    Bloodlust

  • An edict of the archduke of Austria in 1551 complained of the reprehensible activities of the Jews: “These scandalous evil actions are said to flow in good part from the fact that the Jews in numerous localities dwell and move about among the Christians without any distinguishing marks and without any difference in clothes and costume and thus cannot be distinguished from Christians nor recognized as Jews.”

    Bloodlust

  • One might an archduke kill, another a handsome president.

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  • Melodrama arrives in the flamboyant form of an archduke who wants to buy Annabelle's miraculous box of yarn.

    Get Yourself Ready To Be Blown Away

  • Furious at finding the box empty, the archduke pitches it out his castle window and curses Annabelle: "You'll never be happy again!"

    Get Yourself Ready To Be Blown Away

  • Is that like an archduke sign, or perhaps a viscount sign?

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