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Herzog, sometimes spelt Hertzog, was historically a rank of nobility in Germany and Austria. It roughly cooresponds to a British duke. Also see Graf.

The word comes from her-, meaning "army"; -zog means "lead" or "draw", and comes from the latin "duc" (as does duke).

Herzog is also a German surname.

Her"zog (?), n. [G., akin to AS. heretoga, lit., army leader. See Harry, and Duke.]

A member of the highest rank of nobility in Germany and Austria, corresponding to the British duke.


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