Velikaš (Serbian Cyrillic: великаш, pl. velikaši/великаши) is the Serbo-Croatian word for "magnate", derived from veliko ("great, large, grand"). Another word is velmoža, 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 (vlasteličić, 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 župan, etc.

Serbian magnatesEdit

Serbian EmpireEdit

Magnates with Byzantine court titles

  • despot prince Simeon Uroš, Dušan's half-brother, duke of Epirus and Acarnania
  • despot Jovan Asen, Dušan's brother-in-law, governor in southern Albania
  • despot Jovan Oliver, Dušan's close associate, vojvoda and governor in Ovče Pole and left Vardar
  • sevastokrator Dejan, Dušan's brother-in-law, governor of Pčinja
  • sevastokrator Branko, Dušan's relative, governor of Ohrid
  • ćesar Preljub, Dušan's son-in-law, vojvoda, duke of Kastoria, Voden and Veria, and governor of Thessaly
  • ćesar Vojihna, Dušan's relative, vojvoda and governor of Drama
  • ćesar Grgur, Dušan's relative (son of Branko), vojvoda and governor of Polog

Magnates with Slavic court titles

Croatian magnatesEdit


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