from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In French Switzerland, the early title of the chief magistrates of the cantons. In Bern the title was used until 1794.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A chief magistrate of a free imperial city or canton of Switzerland.
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- noun obsolete A
chief magistrateof a free imperial cityor cantonof Switzerland.
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“The duration of our president,” he told Roger Sherman, “. . . is only for four years; but his power during those four years is much greater than that of an avoyer, a consul, a podesta, a doge, a stadtholder; nay, than a king of Poland; nay, than a king of Sparta.”
The role of mediator, filled with distinction by his successors, was first assigned to Count Pierre III, who as avoyer of Fribourg at that time allied with Austria, was empowered to arbitrate the differences which arose between the houses of Savoy and Hapsburg.
This daring and sacrilegious act led Frederick -- the hereditary avoyer of the abbey -- to place the Waldstaette under the further punishment of the "ban of the empire."
The avoyer of Berne gave me some news of my poor friend M. F — —.
The avoyer of Berne gave me some news of my poor friend M.