Definition of duke in English:
1A male holding the highest hereditary title in the British and certain other peerages.
- We're all expected to be there, and all the nobles will be there - lords, ladies, counts, viscounts, dukes, duchesses, barons, baronesses, and marquises; all of them.
- Similarly, the authority of marquesses, dukes, earls, barons, counts, and other nobles had long existed side by side with royal and imperial authority.
- Since the titles of dukes and marquises were restricted, earldoms became, in practice, the senior title.
1.1chiefly historical (In some parts of Europe) a male ruler of a small independent state.
- Austria was not a separate country as such at that period time, which was earlier than the modern nation states, and Germany was a collection of dukes and princes under an emperor who exercised a greater or lesser degree of authority.
- From the seventh century the tribal duke became an almost independent sovereign.
- In 1236, he became an independent duke of Novogorod during a very hard period for Russia.
2 (dukes) informal The fists, especially when raised in a fighting attitude.
[from rhyming slang Duke of Yorks 'forks' (= fingers)]
- She said a custodian at their building noted that when Affinity first moved into its current home in 1998, the women had one of two demeanors: They were visibly frightened or had their dukes up to fight.
- I've had my moments in the past - fortunately on very few occasions - where I've had to raise the old dukes as a means of self-defence; but I've always used force purely as a deterrent.
- There are things for which you have to put up your dukes and fight.
verb[no object] (duke it out) North American informal Back to top
Fight it out.
- They're at it again, baseball owners and players, as if they didn't have enough money, duking it out off the field with a strike date set for August 30th.
- If the CIA and the White House really are going to duke it out here, it would probably be good for both sides - and for the country - if we at least had a neutral referee.
- Pseudo-intellectuals and pseudo-populists duke it out.
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