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6 definitions found
 for Duke
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Duke \Duke\ (d[=u]k) v. i.
     To play the duke. [Poetic]
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           Lord Angelo dukes it well in his absence. -- Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  duke \duke\ (d[=u]k) v. t.
     To beat with the fists. [slang]
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     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.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Duke \Duke\ (d[=u]k), n. [F. duc, fr. L. dux, ducis, leader,
     commander, fr. ducere to lead; akin to AS. te['o]n to draw;
     cf. AS. heretoga (here army) an army leader, general, G.
     herzog duke. See Tue, and cf. Doge, Duchess, Ducat,
     Duct, Adduce, Deduct.]
     1. A leader; a chief; a prince. [Obs.]
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              Hannibal, duke of Carthage.           --Sir T.
                                                    Elyot.
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              All were dukes once, who were "duces" -- captains or
              leaders of their people.              --Trench.
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     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.
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     3. In some European countries, a sovereign prince, without
        the title of king.
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     4. pl. The fists; as, put up your dukes. [slang]
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     Duke's coronet. See Illust. of Coronet.
  
     To dine with Duke Humphrey, to go without dinner. See under
        Dine.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  duke
      n 1: a British peer of the highest rank
      2: a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  39 Moby Thesaurus words for "duke":
     Brahman, archduke, aristocrat, armiger, baron, baronet, blue blood,
     count, daimio, earl, esquire, gentleman, grand duke, grandee,
     hidalgo, lace-curtain, laird, landgrave, lord, lordling, magnate,
     magnifico, margrave, marquis, noble, nobleman, optimate, palsgrave,
     patrician, peer, seigneur, seignior, silk-stocking, squire, swell,
     thoroughbred, upper-cruster, viscount, waldgrave
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Duke
     derived from the Latin dux, meaning "a leader;" Arabic, "a
     sheik." This word is used to denote the phylarch or chief of a
     tribe (Gen. 36:15-43; Ex. 15:15; 1 Chr. 1:51-54).
     

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