Archduke Arch`duke", n. [Pref. arch- + duke.] A prince of the imperial family of Austria. [1913 Webster]

Note: Formerly this title was assumed by the rulers of Lorraine, Brabant, Austria, etc. It is now appropriated to the descendants of the imperial family of Austria through the make line, all such male descendants being styled archduke, and all such female descendants archduchesses. [1913 Webster]

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  • archduke — UK [ˌɑː(r)tʃˈdjuːk] / US [ɑrtʃˈduk] noun [countable] Word forms archduke : singular archduke plural archdukes a prince in the Austrian royal family …   English dictionary

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