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Hungarian princely family in existence since the 1600s. Its members held a number of military, political, and religious positions and were influential patrons of the arts, particularly regarding the career of Franz Joseph Haydn.
(Biography) a noble Hungarian family that produced many soldiers, diplomats, and patrons of the arts. Prince Miklós József Esterházy (1714–90) rebuilt the family castle of Esterháza and employed Haydn as his musical director (1766–90)