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A leader or commander; a chief.
[Italian, from Latin dux, duc-; see duke.]
duce(ˈduːtʃɪ; Italian ˈduːtʃe)
[C20: from Italian, from Latin dux]
(Historical Terms) Il Duce (il) the title assumed by Benito Mussolini as leader of Fascist Italy (1922–43)
n., pl. -ces, -ci (-chē).
1. a leader or dictator.
2. il Duce, the leader: title of Benito Mussolini as head of Fascist Italy.
[1920–25; < Italian < Medieval Latin dux (genitive ducis), Latin: leader; compare duke]