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A leader or commander; a chief.

[Italian, from Latin dux, duc-; see duke.]


(ˈduːtʃɪ; Italian ˈduːtʃe)
[C20: from Italian, from Latin dux]


(Italian ˈduːtʃe)
(Historical Terms) Il Duce (il) the title assumed by Benito Mussolini as leader of Fascist Italy (1922–43)


(ˈdu tʃeɪ)

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.duce - leaderduce - leader; "Mussolini was called Il Duce"
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
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