from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A nobleman with the highest hereditary rank, especially a man of the highest grade of the peerage in Great Britain.
- noun A sovereign prince who rules an independent duchy in some European countries.
- noun Used as the title for such a nobleman.
- noun Slang The fists.
- noun Botany A type of cherry intermediate between a sweet and a sour cherry.
- intransitive verb To fight, especially with fists.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A dialectal (Scotch) form of
- noun A vehicle having a victoria body suspended at the front on scroll-irons. At the rear is a rumble for a footman. It is sometimes driven by a postilion. Now called a ladies' driving-phaëton.
- To play the duke.
- noun A chief; a prince; a commander; a leader: as, “the dukes of Edom,”
- noun In Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, a hereditary title of nobility, ranking next below that of prince, but in some instances a sovereign title, as in those of the dukes of Burgundy, Normandy, Lorraine, etc. (see 3, below), or borne as his distinguishing title by a prince of the blood royal.
- noun A sovereign prince, the ruler of a state called a duchy.
- noun A name of the great eagle-owl of Europe, Bubo maximus, called
grand-ducby the French.
- noun plural The fists.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb Poetic To play the duke.
- noun obsolete A leader; a chief; a prince.
- noun 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.
- noun In some European countries, a sovereign prince, without the title of king.
- noun slang The fists.
- noun See
- noun to go without dinner. See under
- transitive verb slang To beat with the fists.
- transitive verb to fight; -- usually implying, to fight with the fists; to settle a dispute by fighting with the fists. See
duke, n. sense 4.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The male ruler of a
- noun A high title of
nobility; the male holder of a dukedom.
- noun A
- noun slang, usually in plural A
- verb transitive To
hitor beatwith the fists.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank
- noun a British peer of the highest rank
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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It is permitted to touch upon the habits and appearance of a truly great man; but to dwell upon the peculiarities of a duke, merely because he is a duke, is as much as to say he is your superior; a concession, I do not feel disposed to make in favour of any _mere duke_ in Christendom.
Recollections of Europe James Fenimore Cooper 1820
IV. iii.163 (113,4) [if the old fantastical duke] Sir Thomas Hammer reads, _the_ odd _fantastical duke_, but _old_ is a common word of aggravation in ludicrous language, as, _there was_ old _revelling_.
Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies Samuel Johnson 1746
Any leader was a ‘duke’ (dux); thus “_duke_ Hannibal” (Sir
English Past and Present Richard Chenevix Trench 1846
I am VERY dissapointed that they changed the voice for duke from the one used in duke nukem 3d … That game was so very fun – and lame – because of that voice.
Royal watchers called the bestowal of the title duke of Cambridge a personal mark of esteem from the queen.
The Seattle Times 2011
Mr. Duke, anyone see the irony in duke linking to the debt clock?
LOL whats with the trolls and octomom today. thinking duke is server etc …
Oh this is gonna be fun watching Pawlenty and Palin duke it out!
Let him and McCain duke it out to see who can out conservative the other.
Fred ♪ ♫ ♪ says: the thing that makes me laugh at racists like duke is that the white race in America in very nearly a minority.