\ ˈdōj How to pronounce doge (audio) \

Definition of doge

: the chief magistrate in the republics of Venice and Genoa

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Recent Examples on the Web This, the former home of a 14th-century doge (plus two more modern annexes), is the Venetian grande dame par excellence. Travel + Leisure, 6 July 2021 Having changed hands over the centuries, this grande dame belonged to the Pisani family before becoming the private home of the doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti, in 1525. Tanvi Chheda, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2020 Italians have been ruled by Caligula, Mussolini, Berlusconi, and all sorts of princes, popes, and doges. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 10 Aug. 2019 The former private apartments of the doge—the supreme authority of the Venetian republic—now host rotating art exhibtions. Dagmar Schwell, National Geographic, 8 May 2019 Today the doge still keeps a watchful eye from his portrait (a vintage copy of a Titian original) in a ground floor salon. Jean Bond Rafferty, Town & Country, 17 Dec. 2012 The Italian hotel group that recast and refurbished the Renaissance-era interiors of the palazzo (even installing air conditioning) named it after its most prominent owners, the descendants of Andrea Gritti, a doge of Venice in the 16th century. Jean Bond Rafferty, Town & Country, 17 Dec. 2012 Between this island and its nearest neighbor, a cathedral that housed the graves of two of Venice’s doges once stood. Patrick Rogers, Town & Country, 12 Mar. 2018 Every year, the doge of Venice would get into a boat to renew the city’s vows with its eternal companion. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, 26 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of doge

1549, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doge

Italian dialect, from Latin duc-, dux leader — more at duke

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“Doge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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