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duke

 (do͞ok, dyo͞ok)
n.
1. A nobleman with the highest hereditary rank, especially a man of the highest grade of the peerage in Great Britain.
2. A sovereign prince who rules an independent duchy in some European countries.
3. Used as the title for such a nobleman.
4. dukes Slang The fists: Put up your dukes!
5. Botany A type of cherry intermediate between a sweet and a sour cherry.
intr.v. duked, duk·ing, dukes
To fight, especially with fists: duking it out.

[Middle English, from Old French duc, from Latin dux, duc-, leader, from dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots. N., sense 4, short for Duke of Yorks, rhyming slang for forks, fingers.]

duke

(djuːk)
n
1. a nobleman of high rank: in the British Isles standing above the other grades of the nobility
2. the prince or ruler of a small principality or duchy
[C12: from Old French duc, from Latin dux leader]

duke

(duk, dyuk)

n.
1. (in Continental Europe) the male ruler of a duchy; the sovereign of a small state.
2. a British nobleman holding the highest hereditary title outside the royal family, ranking immediately below a prince and above a marquis.
3. a nobleman of corresponding rank in certain other countries.
4. a cultivated hybrid of the sweet and sour cherry.
5. dukes, Slang. fists or hands.
Idioms:
duke it out, to fight, esp. with the fists; do battle.
[1100–50; Middle English duke, duc, late Old English duc < Old French duc, dus, dux < Medieval Latin dux hereditary ruler of a small state, Latin: leader, commander]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.duke - a British peer of the highest rankduke - a British peer of the highest rank  
peer - a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage
2.duke - a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank
noble, nobleman, Lord - a titled peer of the realm
Translations
hertog
دوق
vévodavelkovévoda
hertug
duko
herttua
herceg
hertogi
dux
hercogashercogohercogystė
hercogs
duce
vojvoda
vojvoda
dük

duke

[djuːk] Nduque m

duke

[ˈdjuːk] nduc m
the Duke of Edinburgh → le duc d'Édimbourg

duke

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duke

[djuːk] nduca m

duke

(djuːk) noun
a nobleman of the highest rank.
ducal (ˈdjuːkəl) adjective
ˈdukedom noun
the rank or territories of a duke.
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82) 'Aiunt Hebraei Lamech diu vivendo caliginem oculorum incurrisse, et adolescentem ducem et rectorem idneris habuisse.
9) Octavius dubitabat ne si Federicum pattern, Aquaspartae ducem, haeredem institueret, commodum haereditatis perveniret ad Principem Sancti Angeli, cui Dux Federicus administrationem concesserat, & alios creditores eiusdem patris; deinde testarnentum licentia patris condidit favore Ducis Alexandri Sfortiae.
Geoffrey of Auxerre, for many years Bernard's secretary and after his death his biographer, asserts that after Bernard has subjected himself to the Scriptures then the Word of the Lord lets itself be led where Bernard wants (ducere ipse quo vellet), the Holy Spirit, who is [Scripture's] author, following him" (auctorem earum ducem Spiritum sequens).