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One of the Princes of Germany entitled to elect the Holy Roman Emperor.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Hall's Vnion: Henry VIII. From prince + elector, ultimately after German † kurfürst (Middle High German (in late sources) churfürst; now Kurfürst; now hist.). Compare post-classical Latin princeps elector, Middle French, French prince électeur.
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