a feudal house in Zeta (now Montenegro). The first mention of the Crnojevići dates from 1331. In the late 14th and early 15th centuries they fought the Balšić brothers for control of Zeta. The Crnojevići came to power in the second third of the 15th century and ruled until 1528.
The most notable rulers from the Crnojević family were Ivan (Ivan the Black; ruled 1465–90) and Djuradj (ruled 1490–96). During the reign of Stefan Crnojević (ruled 1496–98), the state was subordinated to the Ottoman Empire; it was officially incorporated into the empire in 1499.