du·​cal ˈdü-kəl How to pronounce ducal (audio)
 also  ˈdyü-
: of or relating to a duke or dukedom
ducally adverb

Examples of ducal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The character begins as ducal heir on the planet Caladan, training under his father (played by Oscar Isaac), mother (Rebecca Ferguson), mentor (Josh Brolin), swordmaster (Jason Momoa) and teacher (Stephen McKinley Henderson). Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 3 Mar. 2024 This fall, Barry Gibb, 77, sat in his ducal South Florida home sipping microwaved sake from a souvenir coffee mug. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 The glove is adorned with an array of national emblems such as the Tudor Rose, thistle, shamrock, oak leaves, and acorns, as well as a ducal coronet and the Dukes of Newcastle’s coat of arms. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 May 2023 Jordan paints a vibrant picture of Shropshire, a village with so much more to offer beyond the ducal seat at its edges — and in the process, makes a firm argument for more historical romances that dare to live outside the ballroom or even the aristocracy altogether. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 30 July 2021 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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Ducal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ducal. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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du·​cal ˈd(y)ü-kəl How to pronounce ducal (audio)
: of or relating to a duke or duchy
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