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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
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dogedom, noun
dogeship, noun Unabridged
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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.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • Thus was constituted the dogeship of Venice which, save for a short interruption of six years, endured for eleven centuries.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
British Dictionary definitions for dogeship


(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 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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