Definitions for: Duke

[n] a British peer of the highest rank
[n] a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank

Webster (1913) Definition: Duken. [F. duc, fr. L. dux, ducis, leader, commander, fr.
ducere to lead; akin to AS. te['o]n to draw; cf. AS. heretoga
(here army) an army leader, general, G. herzog duke. See
Tue, and cf. Doge, Duchess, Ducat, Duct, Adduce,
1. A leader; a chief; a prince. [Obs.]

Hannibal, duke of Carthage. --Sir T.

All were dukes once, who were ``duces'' -- captains
or leaders of their people. --Trench.

2. 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. In some European countries, a sovereign prince, without
the title of king.

Duke's coronet. See Illust. of Coronet.

To dine with Duke Humphrey, to go without dinner. See under

Duke, v. i.
To play the duke. [Poetic]

Lord Angelo dukes it well in his absence. -- Shak.

See Also: Lord, noble, nobleman, peer

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