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noun \ˈdük also ˈdyük\

: 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

:  a sovereign male ruler of a continental European duchy
:  a nobleman of the highest hereditary rank; especially :  a member of the highest grade of the British peerage
[probably from dukes of York, rhyming slang for fork (hand, fist)] slang :  fist, hand —usually used in plural
duke·dom \-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

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with DUKE



Definition of DUKE

intransitive verb
:  fight
duke it out
:  to engage in a fight and especially a fistfight

First Known Use of DUKE

circa 1947


biographical name \ˈdük, ˈdyük\

Definition of DUKE

Benjamin Newton 1855–1929 & his bro. James Buchanan 1856–1925 Am. tobacco industrialists
DUKE IT OUT Defined for Kids


noun \ˈdük, ˈdyük\

Definition of DUKE for Kids

:  a man of the highest rank of the British nobility


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