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Meaning of DUKE

Pronunciation:  dook

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a British peer of the highest rank
  2. [n]  a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank

DUKE is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: Lord, noble, nobleman, peer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Duke\n. [F. duc, fr. L. dux, ducis, leader, commander, fr.
    ducere to lead; akin to AS. te['o]n to draw; cf. AS. heretoga
    (here army) an army leader, general, G. herzog duke. See
    {Tue}, and cf. {Doge}, {Duchess}, {Ducat}, {Duct}, {Adduce},
    1. A leader; a chief; a prince. [Obs.]
             Hannibal, duke of Carthage.           --Sir T.
             All were dukes once, who were ``duces'' -- captains
             or leaders of their people.           --Trench.
    2. In England, one of the highest order of nobility after
       princes and princesses of the royal blood and the four
       archbishops of England and Ireland.
    3. In some European countries, a sovereign prince, without
       the title of king.
    {Duke's coronet}. See {Illust}. of {Coronet}.
    {To dine with Duke Humphrey}, to go without dinner. See under
  2. \Duke\, v. i.
    To play the duke. [Poetic]
          Lord Angelo dukes it well in his absence. -- Shak.
Easton Bible Dictionary

derived from the Latin dux, meaning "a leader;" Arabic, "a sheik." This word is used to denote the phylarch or chief of a tribe (Gen. 36:15-43; Ex. 15:15; 1 Chr. 1:51-54).

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