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 (ärch-do͞ok′, -dyo͞ok′)
1. In certain royal families, especially that of imperial Austria, a nobleman having a rank equivalent to that of a sovereign prince.
2. Used as a title for such a nobleman.

[Obsolete French archeduc : arche-, arch- (from Old French; see arch-1) + duc, duke (from Old French; see duke).]

arch·duke′dom n.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a chief duke, esp (since 1453) a prince of the Austrian imperial dynasty


(ˈɑrtʃˈduk, -ˈdyuk)

a title of the sovereign princes of the former ruling house of Austria.
[1520–30; < French archeduc (now archiduc). See arch-1, duke]
arch′duke′dom, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.archduke - a sovereign prince of the former ruling house of Austriaarchduke - a sovereign prince of the former ruling house of Austria
prince - a male member of a royal family other than the sovereign (especially the son of a sovereign)


[ˈɑːtʃˈdjuːk] Narchiduque m


[ˈɑːtʃˈdjuːk] narciduca m
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Art thou, perchance, tramping barefoot over the Riphaean mountains, instead of being seated on a bench like an archduke on the tranquil stream of this pleasant river, from which in a short space we shall come out upon the broad sea?
Indeed, the preceding year, the royal houses of Holland, Austria, and England had concluded a treaty of alliance at the Hague, with the intention of plucking the crown of Spain from the head of Philip V, and placing it on that of an archduke to whom they prematurely gave the title of Charles III.
I was sent there to intercept a correspondence between Chalais and the archduke, and even then, when I was discovered I was nearly torn to pieces.
Monsieur the Archduke has more than once sought his
He bent towards his neighbor, the Abbé of Saint Geneviéve, and said to him in a low tone,--"Fine ambassadors monsieur the archduke sends here, to announce to us Madame Marguerite
A member of the Hofkriegsrath from Vienna had come to Kutuzov the day before with proposals and demands for him to join up with the army of the Archduke Ferdinand and Mack, and Kutuzov, not considering this junction advisable, meant, among other arguments in support of his view, to show the Austrian general the wretched state in which the troops arrived from Russia.
He dragged you through an Arkansas post-oak swamp, let you dry for a moment on the alkali plains of his Idaho ranch, then whirled you into the society of Viennese archdukes.
Archduke Ferdinand is another three-year-old with a major handicap victory already under his belt.
Ladbrokes: 7-1 Bay Of Islands, 8-1 Temple Way, 9-1 Distant Prospect, 11-1 Mana d'Argent, 12-1 Guard Duty, Loop The Loup, 14-1 Order, Brother Joe, Zilarator, 16-1 Archduke Ferdinand, Give Notice, Heros Fatal, Virgin Soldier, 20-1 Bar.
All three of them have been running well, but I would think that Archduke Ferdinand is the pick of them.
Courteous is a great, big, powerful horse-a Group-race horse-and the weight won't bother him, but I still need to discuss it with the owner of Archduke Ferdinand.
Archduke Ferdinand is also in the Ebor and I will have to speak to the owners before we make a decision.