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

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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, "Plan your trip to Thuringia now.," 30 Oct. 2017 Explore its historic orangery and Russian Garden before heading inside to learn about the ducal summer residence. Smithsonian, "Discover more of Thuringia’s rich heritage.," 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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English Language Learners Definition of ducal

: of or relating to a duke

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