from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A leader; a chief; specifically, the head or chief pupil of a class or division in some public schools.
  • noun In music, the subject or theme of a fugue: distinguished from the comes or answer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) The scholastic name for the theme or subject of a fugue, the answer being called the comes, or companion.

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  • noun UK The top academic student in a school, or in a year of school; the top student in a specified academic discipline.
  • noun historical A high-ranking commander in the Roman army, responsible for more than one legion.
  • noun music The subject of a fugue, answered by the comes.


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Borrowed from Latin dux ("leader").



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  • Your typical high muckamucks

    Are experts at passing the bucks.

    Avoiding all blame

    Is part of their game -

    A skill that is learned as a dux.

    July 8, 2015

  • My brother was part of the Dead Language Society in high school, and I memorized the phrase on the back of his shirt:

    "Sibili si ergo, fortibuses inero. Nobili demis trux: sewatis enim? Cowsendux!"

    It's nonsense in Latin, but if you say it out loud it's a dumb catchy poem that you've made a suite for in your permanent memory banks.

    July 8, 2015