The chief magistrate of Venice or Genoa.
- If the ruler's ‘will’ could be voted down by his advisers, the regal power would be no more than that of the doge of Venice.
- In 840 a treaty between Charlemagne's grandson Lothair and the doge of Venice, protected Venice's neutrality and guaranteed its security from the mainland.
- The doge, senate, and government of Venice were then excommunicated and the entire Republic placed under interdict.
Mid 16th century: from French, from Venetian Italian doze, based on Latin dux, duc- 'leader'.
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