Definitions

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 magistrate of a free imperial city or canton of Switzerland.

Etymologies

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French

Examples

  • “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.”

    America's First Dynasty

  • 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.

    The Counts of Gruyère

  • 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 Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07

  • The avoyer of Berne gave me some news of my poor friend M. F — —.

    The memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • The avoyer of Berne gave me some news of my poor friend M.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

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