Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

Etymologies

Variously from a number of Slavic languages: Bulgarian войвода, Serbo-Croatian vòjvoda, Czech vojvoda, Polish wojewoda, all from Proto-Slavic *vojevoda. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The voivode laughed coolly, wiped the saliva from his gorget and reined his horse about.

    The Bloody Crown of Conan

  • "They are the Shemitish mercenaries of Constantius, the Kothic voivode of the Free Companies."

    The Bloody Crown of Conan

  • 'They are the Shemitish mercenaries of Constantius, the Kothic voivode of the Free Companies.'

    The Conan Chronicles

  • ` They are the Shemitish mercenaries of Constantius, the Kothic voivode of the Free Companies. '

    A Witch Shall Be Born

  • Conan had been a guard captain in the service of Queen Taramis of Khauran until her throne was usurped by the witch Salome, leagued with Constantius the Falcon, the Kothic voivode of the Free Companies.

    Conan the Wanderer

  • Flandry favored the latter course -- the voivode only, and a secret word to the Gospodar.

    A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

  • Danilo Vymezal, voivode of the Dubina Dolyina, was head of council, chief magistrate, and military commander throughout a majestic country at the northern rim of the Kazan.

    A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

  • The voivode was, is ... the Gospodar's brother-in-law

    A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

  • Her father was voivode of Dubina Dolyina province, named for the gorge that the Lyubisha River had cut through the ringwall on its way south from the dying snows.

    A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

  • I will give you just one more out of many, given me by Lazar Ristich, voivode of Kom Kutchki.

    A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

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