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dukedom

Line breaks: duke|dom
Pronunciation: /ˈdjuːkdəm
 
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Definition of dukedom in English:

noun

1A territory ruled by a duke.
Example sentences
  • The boy was called Joao, and as heir to the dukedom of Braganca, held the title Duke of Barcellos.
  • Anne, whom he had courted in 1682, made him lord privy seal and promoted him in 1703 to the dukedom made available by the death of the second Villiers duke.
  • ‘Europe is a more complicated continent above 20,000 ft than it was in the fifteenth century, with all the dukedoms, kingdoms and little tribes,’ he said.
1.1The rank of duke.
Example sentences
  • The only prime ministers who really retired but never got a peerage were the great Liberal leader William Gladstone, who declined an earldom, and Churchill, who declined a dukedom.
  • All Edward III's sons received dukedoms, and the first non-royal dukedom was created in 1385 for Robert de Vere, favourite of Richard II, who became Duke of Ireland.
  • But it is not this that allows him to trace his ancestors; it is the fact that he has another title, much older than dukedoms and infinitely grander in its simplicity.

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