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duke

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noun \ˈdük also ˈdyük\

Simple Definition of duke

  • : a man of very high rank in the British nobility

  • : the ruler of an independent area of land especially in some parts of Europe in the past

  • dukes : fists or hands

Full Definition of duke

  1. 1 :  a sovereign male ruler of a continental European duchy

  2. 2 :  a nobleman of the highest hereditary rank; especially :  a member of the highest grade of the British peerage

  3. 3 [probably from dukes of York, rhyming slang for fork (hand, fist)] slang :  fist, hand —usually used in plural

duke·dom play \-dəm\ noun

Examples of duke

  1. Put up your dukes and fight, you coward!



Origin of duke

Middle English, from Anglo-French duc, from Latin duc-, dux, from ducere to lead — more at tow


First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with duke


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duke

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Definition of duke

dukedduk·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  fight

duke it out
  1. :  to engage in a fight and especially a fistfight



Circa 1947

First Known Use of duke

circa 1947


Duke

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biographical name \ˈdük, ˈdyük\

Definition of Duke

  1. Benjamin Newton 1855–1929 & his bro. James Buchanan 1856–1925 Am. tobacco industrialists





DUKE Defined for Kids

duke

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noun \ˈdük, ˈdyük\

Definition of duke

  1. :  a man of the highest rank of the British nobility





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