- the chief magistrate in the former republics of Venice and Genoa.
Origin of doge1
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The Dogeship was abolished, and the Master of the soldiers appointed head of the State for a term of one year.
Thus was constituted the Dogeship of Venice which, save for a short interruption of six years, endured for eleven centuries.
- (formerly) the chief magistrate in the republics of Venice (until 1797) and Genoa (until 1805)
C16: via French from Italian (Venetian dialect), from Latin dux leader
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Word Origin and History for dogeship
"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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