: the chief magistrate in the republics of Venice and Genoa

Examples of doge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Titian had already painted emperors, kings, doges and popes. Washington Post, 20 July 2023 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doge was in 1549

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“Doge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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: the chief magistrate in the former republics of Venice and Genoa

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