du·​cal | \ ˈdü-kəl How to pronounce ducal (audio) also ˈdyü- \

Definition of ducal

: of or relating to a duke or dukedom

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Other Words from ducal

ducally \ ˈd(y)ü-​kə-​lē How to pronounce ducal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of ducal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Antony was former Princess Tessy of Luxembourg and, as the ex-wife of Prince Louis, is a former member of the grand ducal family of Luxembourg. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, 7 Jan. 2020 This is the case with the tombs, which were originally in a ducal church. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 20 July 2019 Here, the ducal Mattei family once replenished religious pilgrims undertaking the Visit of the Seven Churches with bread, wine, cheese, eggs, apples and salami. Washington Post, 12 July 2019 In the late 18th and early 19th century, ducal patronage attracted many of the leading German poets and philosophers such as Goethe, Schiller and Nietzsche to Weimar, turning it into a European center of culture. Smithsonian, 30 Oct. 2017 Explore its historic orangery and Russian Garden before heading inside to learn about the ducal summer residence. Smithsonian, 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ducal

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ducal

Late Latin ducalis of a leader, from Latin duc-, dux leader — more at duke

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The first known use of ducal was in the 15th century

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“Ducal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ducal. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ducal

: of or relating to a duke


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