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Velika? (Serbian Cyrillic: ?, pl. velika?i/) is the Serbo-Croatian word for "magnate", derived from veliko ("great, large, grand"). Another word is velmo?a, which was commonly used for provincial lords (oblastni gospodari). It was used for referring to the highest nobility of Serbia in the Middle Ages and Croatia in the Middle Ages while the highest nobility in Bosnia were called vlastelin (vlasteli?i?, lower vlastelin status).[1][verification needed] It is the equivalent of boyar, used in Eastern Europe.

Titles used by the higher nobility include vojvoda (general, duke), veliki ?upan, etc.

Serbian magnates

Serbian Empire

Magnates with Byzantine court titles

  • despot prince Simeon Uro?, Du?an's half-brother, duke of Epirus and Acarnania
  • despot Jovan Asen, Du?an's brother-in-law, governor in southern Albania
  • despot Jovan Oliver, Du?an's close associate, vojvoda and governor in Ov?e Pole and left Vardar
  • sevastokrator Dejan, Du?an's brother-in-law, governor of P?inja
  • sevastokrator Branko, Du?an's relative, governor of Ohrid
  • ?esar Preljub, Du?an's son-in-law, vojvoda, duke of Kastoria, Voden and Veria, and governor of Thessaly
  • ?esar Vojihna, Du?an's relative, vojvoda and governor of Drama
  • ?esar Grgur, Du?an's relative (son of Branko), vojvoda and governor of Polog

Magnates with Slavic court titles

  • veliki ?upan Altoman Vojinovi?, son of vojvoda Vojin and son-in-law of vojvoda Mladen

Croatian magnates


  1. ^ Prilozi. 11-13. Institut. 1975. p. 31.

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