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[dohj] /doʊdʒ/
the chief magistrate in the former republics of Venice and Genoa.
Origin of doge1
1540-50; < Upper Italian (Venetian) < Latin ducem, accusative of dux leader; cf. duce, duke, dux
Related forms
dogedom, noun
dogeship, noun


[dohj, dohg] /doʊdʒ, doʊg/
an Internet fad or meme typified by an image of a dog of the Shiba Inu breed accompanied by very short phrases that humorously represent the dog's imagined thoughts and use the wrong modifiers or shortened word forms, as "such dignified" or "amaze.".
one such image posted on the Internet:
That's the cutest doge I've ever seen!
the innovative grammar or language of doge:
If you don't speak doge, you might be a little confused.
First recorded in 2005-10; intentional misspelling of dog
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Historical Examples
  • We dined, and I was then conducted to the palace of the doge, where the tribunals are now held.

  • We alighted at the palace of the doge, and proceeded to the prisons.

  • After obtaining leave from the doge to go out and give battle, he sailed into the roadstead on the 25th.

  • The doge started in astonishment at this bold and unexpected request.

    The Bravo of Venice Heinrich Zschokke
  • There were three or four old armchairs that looked as if they had been stolen out of the doge's Palace.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Flodoardo eyed the doge, and waited for his decision with impatience.

    The Bravo of Venice Heinrich Zschokke
  • Thou art right, answered the saint, go to the doge and tell what thou hast seen and ask thy reward.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • He that marries is like the doge who was wedded to the Adriatic.

    Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou
  • At the death of the doge in 912 the Participazii returned to power.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • Our visit to the doge's Palace was full of the deepest interest.

British Dictionary definitions for doge


(formerly) the chief magistrate in the republics of Venice (until 1797) and Genoa (until 1805)
Derived Forms
dogeship, noun
Word Origin
C16: via French from Italian (Venetian dialect), from Latin dux leader
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Word Origin and History for doge

"chief magistrate of Venice or Genoa," 1540s, from Venetian dialect doge, from Latin ducem, accusative of dux "leader" (see duke (n.)).

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