Duke
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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