Definitions for Dukeduk, dyuk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dukeduk, dyuk(n.)

  1. (in Continental Europe) the male ruler of a duchy; the sovereign of a small state.

    Category: Government

  2. a British nobleman holding the highest hereditary title outside the royal family, ranking immediately below a prince and above a marquis.

    Category: Government

  3. a nobleman of corresponding rank in certain other countries.

    Category: Government

  4. a cultivated hybrid of the sweet and sour cherry.

    Category: Plants

  5. dukes,Slang. fists or hands.

    Category: Status (usage)

Idioms for duke:

  1. duke it out,to fight, esp. with the fists; do battle.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of duke:

1100–50; ME duke, duc, late OE duc < OF duc, dus, dux < ML dux hereditary ruler of a small state, L: leader, commander

Princeton's WordNet

  1. duke(noun)

    a British peer of the highest rank

  2. duke(noun)

    a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. Duke(noun)duk, dyuk

    a high-ranking European nobleman


  1. duke(Noun)

    The male ruler of a duchy (compare duchess).

  2. duke(Noun)

    A high title of nobility; the male holder of a dukedom.

  3. duke(Noun)

    A grand duke.

  4. duke(Noun)

    A fist.

  5. duke(Verb)

    To hit or beat with the fists.

  6. Duke(ProperNoun)

    The title of a duke.

  7. Duke(ProperNoun)

    ; mostly U.S. and rather rare.

  8. Duke(ProperNoun)

    A private university in North Carolina.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Duke(noun)

    a leader; a chief; a prince

  2. Duke(noun)

    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. Duke(noun)

    in some European countries, a sovereign prince, without the title of king

  4. Duke(verb)

    to play the duke


  1. Duke

    A duke or duchess can either be a monarch ruling over a duchy or a member of the nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch. The title comes from French duc, itself from the Latin dux, 'leader', a term used in republican Rome to refer to a military commander without an official rank, and later coming to mean the leading military commander of a province. During the Middle Ages the title signified first among the Germanic monarchies. Dukes were the rulers of the provinces and the superiors of the counts in the cities and later, in the feudal monarchies, the highest-ranking peers of the king. A duke may or may not be, ipso facto, a member of the nation's peerage: in the United Kingdom and Spain all dukes are/were also peers of the realm, in France some were and some were not, while the term is not applicable to dukedoms of other nations, even where an institution similar to the peerage existed. During the 19th century many of the smaller German and Italian states were ruled by Dukes or Grand Dukes. But presently, with the exception of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, there are no ruling dukes. Duke remains the highest hereditary title in Portugal, Scandinavia, Spain and the United Kingdom. The Pope, as a temporal sovereign, has also, though rarely, granted the title of Duke or Duchess to persons for services to the Holy See. In some realms the relative status of "duke" and "prince", as titles borne by the nobility rather than by members of reigning dynasties, varied, e.g. in Italy and the Netherlands.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Duke' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2959

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Duke' in Nouns Frequency: #1239

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a nobleman of the highest rank.

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