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

Definition of ducal

: of or relating to a duke or dukedom

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 Schloss Ehrenburg, the ducal residence, is across the plaza. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Across from Raphael's side of town, Federico's ducal palace dominates the other hill. Julia Buckley, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 Twelve vines were originally planted—too many grapes for the ducal table, so peaches and other tender fruits, including cucumbers, chiles, and melons, were added. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 15 Dec. 2021 Urbino was, and is, a smug and splendid place, well-known, with a ducal palace and magnificent views and great cuisine. Paul Theroux, Travel + Leisure, 22 Nov. 2021 Displayed for special occasions like festivals, these exquisite and fabulously expensive works of art served to remind visitors to Europe’s royal and ducal courts of their owners’ power. Miranda Seymour, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2021 Later, as the Medici consolidated ducal power under Cosimo I, the dress becomes more sumptuous and little props creep in, especially books, including volumes by Petrarch and other authors who wrote not in Latin, but in the Italian of Tuscany. Washington Post, 24 June 2021 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 See More

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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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“Ducal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ducal. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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