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  • proper noun The title of a duke.
  • proper noun A male given name; mostly US and rather rare.
  • proper noun 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 1840-1916 1913

  • 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 George Saintsbury 1889

  • 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 1852

  • 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) Edmund Burke 1763

  • 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 Samuel Johnson 1746

  • 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 Aphra Behn 1664

  • 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

    Record Article Feed Staff Reports 2010

  • 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.

    NYT > Home Page 2010

  • 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.

    BallHype - Top Sports News, Videos, and Blogs 2010

  • 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 1790


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