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- n. A local ruler or official in various parts of central and eastern Europe, especially early semi-independent rulers of Transylvania.
- n. An administrative chief in modern Poland.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See waywode.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The leader of an army; the title of certain rulers, particularly in Slavic countries; later, often in various countries, as in Poland, the head of an administrative division. as a province; in Moldavia and Wallachia, the former title of the princes; in Turkey, an inferior administrative official.
Variously from a number of Slavic languages: Bulgarian войвода, Serbo-Croatian vòjvoda, Czech vojvoda, Polish wojewoda, all from Proto-Slavic *vojevoda. (Wiktionary)