To dine with Duke Humphrey
Duke Duke (d[=u]k), 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}, {Deduct}.] 1. A leader; a chief; a prince. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Hannibal, duke of Carthage. --Sir T. Elyot. [1913 Webster]

All were dukes once, who were ``duces'' -- captains or leaders of their people. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. In some European countries, a sovereign prince, without the title of king. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. The fists; as, put up your dukes. [slang] [PJC]

{Duke's coronet}. See Illust. of {Coronet}.

{To dine with Duke Humphrey}, to go without dinner. See under {Dine}. [1913 Webster]


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  • To dine with Duke Humphrey — Dine Dine, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dining}.] [F. d[^i]ner, OF. disner, LL. disnare, contr. fr. an assumed disjunare; dis + an assumed junare (OF. juner) to fast, for L. jejunare, fr. jejunus fasting. See {Jejune}, and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dine with Duke Humphrey — (historical) To go without a meal, loiter about Duke Humphrey s Walk in Old St Paul s • • • Main Entry: ↑dine …   Useful english dictionary

  • dine with duke humphrey — have no dinner to eat or go to (named for the avenue in London where Duke Humphrey Gluster is buried) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Humphrey of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Gloucester — Humphrey Duke of Gloucester Gloucester in a 15th century drawing Spouse Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut m. 1422; ann. 1428 Eleanor de Cobham m. bet. 1428–1431; ann. c. 1441 …   Wikipedia

  • Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester — (3 October 1390 – February 23, 1447) was the fourth son of King Henry IV of England by his first wife, Mary de Bohun.The place of his birth is unknown, but he was named after his maternal grandfather, Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford. He… …   Wikipedia

  • Dine — Dine, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dining}.] [F. d[^i]ner, OF. disner, LL. disnare, contr. fr. an assumed disjunare; dis + an assumed junare (OF. juner) to fast, for L. jejunare, fr. jejunus fasting. See {Jejune}, and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Duke — (d[=u]k), 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},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Duke's coronet — Duke Duke (d[=u]k), 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},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Humphrey — masc. proper name, from O.E. Hunfrið, probably from P.Gmc. *hun strength + O.E. frið peace. To dine with Duke Humphrey (17c.) meant to go without a meal, though the reason for the expression now is obscure …   Etymology dictionary

  • Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington — Duke of Wellington and The Iron Duke redirect here. For subsequent dukes, see Duke of Wellington (title). For the film, see The Iron Duke (film). Field Marshal His Grace The Duke of Wellington KG GCB …   Wikipedia

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