Duke

Definition of Duke

Pronunciation: dūk
n.1.A leader; a chief; a prince.
Hannibal, duke of Carthage.
- Sir T. Elyot.
All were dukes once, who were "duces" - captains or leaders of their people.
- Trench.
2.In England, one of the highest order of nobility after princes and princesses of the royal blood and the four archbishops of England and Ireland.
3.In some European countries, a sovereign prince, without the title of king.
4.The fists; as, put up your dukes.
Duke's coronet
See Illust. of Coronet.
To dine with Duke Humphrey
to go without dinner. See under Dine.
v. i.1.To play the duke.
Lord Angelo dukes it well in his absence.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To beat with the fists.
to duke it out
to fight; - usually implying, to fight with the fists; to settle a dispute by fighting with the fists. See duke, n. sense 4.

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