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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
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hercogs
duce
vojvoda
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dük

duke

[djuːk] Nduque m
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duke

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

nHerzog m
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duke

[djuːk] nduca m
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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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The latter two Dukes are, well, duking it out over usage of the name in certain contexts.