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  • proper n. The title of a duke.
  • proper n. A male given name; mostly US and rather rare.
  • proper n. A private university in North Carolina.


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  • Towards the end of the tenth century Moravia was conquered by the Polish duke, Boleslaw Chrobry (992-1025), but, when domestic disturbances broke out in Poland after his death, Duke

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Massinger; _Trappolin Creduto Principe_, an adaptation of an Italian farce, is a good deal better, and is said, with various stage alterations, to have held the boards till within the present century under the title of _A Duke and no Duke_, or _The Duke and the Devil_.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • He invited over WILLIAM, DUKE OF NORMANDY, the son of that Duke who had received him and his murdered brother long ago, and of a peasant girl, a tanner's daughter, with whom that Duke had fallen in love for her beauty as he saw her washing clothes in a brook.

    A child`s history of England

  • Duke of Lancaster is but a sort of _Duke Humphrey_, and not worth a groat, our sovereign was obliged to pay the costs of both.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 02 (of 12)

  • I. ii.25 (147,9) [A noble Duke in nature, as in name] I know not whether the nobility of the name is comprised in _Duke_, or in _Orsino_, which is, I think, the name of a great Italian family.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • Isabella in Tate's farcical _A Duke and no Duke_, and five years later she is billed as the roystering Widow Ranter in Mrs. Behn's posthumous comedy of the same name.

    The Works of Aphra Behn, Volume II

  • So caught up in the winning moment was the Duke guard last night that he scores. 9 hours ago - Fast Facts •Duke won its fourth national championship and is now in sole possession of fifth place on the all-time list behind UCLA, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina.

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  • DUKE 10, WAKE FOREST 3: Making his first career start, Duke's Marcus Stroman threw a complete game while Will Currier, Jake Lemmerman and Jeremy Gould each homered to lead Duke

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  • DUKE 90, WAKE FOREST 70 Miles Plumlee had career highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds, his brother Mason Plumlee added 11 points and No. 8 Duke (15-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat Wake Forest (12-4, 2-2) to win its 13th straight at home.

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  • King Charles II. having made a grant of the rever - fion of an office in the court of King's-Bench, to his Son the Duke of Grafton; the Lord Chief Jufbice laying claim to it, as a perqui£te legally belonging to his office, the caufe came to be heard before the Honfe of Lards, between the Duchefs, Relia of the £dd Duke» and the Chief JttlHce.

    The works of the English poets. With prefaces, biographical and critical, by S. Johnson

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