Definition of duke in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
The word duke is recorded in Old English, but it goes back to Latin dux ‘leader’, which is related to ducere ‘to lead’ ( see duct). The earliest meaning of duke was ‘the ruler of a duchy’—it referred to sovereign princes in continental Europe, and did not describe a member of the British nobility until the end of the 14th century. See also count, earl, prince
Words that rhyme with dukearchduke, chibouk, Farouk, fluke, kook, Luke, nuke, peruke, puke, rebuke, Seljuk, snook, souk, spruik, stook, tuque, zouk
- US English dictionary
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