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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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Translations
hertog
دوق
vévodavelkovévoda
hertug
duko
herttua
herceg
hertogi
dux
hercogashercogohercogystė
hercogs
duce
vojvoda
vojvoda
dük

duke

[djuːk] Nduque m
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duke

[ˈdjuːk] nduc m
the Duke of Edinburgh → le duc d'Édimbourg
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

duke

nHerzog m
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duke

[djuːk] nduca m
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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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(18) "Die Zauberin war ehrlich gegen den Ritter," fuhr der Alte fort, "sie sagte ihm gleich voraus, wenn er die reizende Herzogin nach seiner Veste Troja entfuehre, muesse es das sein und seiner Burg und seines ganzen Stammes Untergang warden, aber zehn Jahre lang koenne er sich in Troja vertheidigen, und Helens suesser Liebe froh sein." "Und er nahm es an, oder er war ein Tropf!" rief der Jeungling.
(25) Joseph Gottschalk, ed., Die grosse Legende der heiligen Frau Sankt-Hedwig geborene Furstin von Memnien und Herzogin in Polen und.
"Das Wittenberger Stammbuch des Paul Schede Melissus (1565) in der Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar"; 4.
2010) reconstruye y censa el fondo personal de los libros pertenecientes al filosofo aleman sobre la base de los ejemplares aun subsistentes en su biblioteca, conservada en la Herzogin Anna-Amalia Bibliothek y en menor medida en el Goethe-Schiller Archiv de Weimar.