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A leader or commander; a chief.

[Italian, from Latin dux, duc-; see duke.]
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(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)
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(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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
I insist upon your taking the whole, and I beg only to attend you in the quality of your servant; Nil desperandum est Teucro duce et auspice Teucro ": but to this generous proposal concerning the money, Jones would by no means submit.
He thought he must hasten to pro- duce his tale to protect him from the missiles already at the lips of his redoubtable comrades.
Three decades later, Helen Duce is still proud to be caring for families at Severn Hospice.
Banned driver Mark Duce was stopped as he drove along Knowl Road in Mirfield at 2pm on November 2.
Unfortunately the 2018 'Duce!' tour has now sold out, but there are still some vacancies for next year.
The crowd perked up for Lower Than Atlantis and even the band were surprised, with singer Mike Duce announcing, 'I was under the impression that you hate us' after opening with Had Enough.
This obelisk, located at the entrance of the former Mussolini Forum (presently "Foro Italico") in Rome, was planned and built by the Duce of Fascism only four years after the first project.
Dave Raymond and Duce Raymond, director of Culinary, will join Sivek and Borsum at SBR Events Group as influential voices in the direction of the collective businesses.
Paul Duce, 45, from Saltburn, and his two mates, Paul Jarred, 46, from Redcar, and Mike Wilkinson, 58, from Bishop Auckland, were among the group who first of all completed the Boundary 500 Challenge, which covers 500 miles in the North of England.
Stephen Gundle, Cristopher Duggan, and Giuliana Pieri (eds), The Cult of the Duce: Mussolini and the Italians, Manchester University Press: Manchester and New York, 2013; 304 pp.: 9780719088964, $110.00
Sally Duce, directorate manager of paediatrics at the hospital, said: "We are now able to buy equipment to help with the implementation of a new form of screening of all babies born at the Trust - which equates to approximately 3,800 a year.
"We want to create a cycle hub," says Mark Duce, Cycle Chain's finance director, "somewhere where cyclists can use facilities and non-cyclists can hire a bike."