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[doo-kuh l, dyoo-] /ˈdu kəl, ˈdyu-/
of or relating to a duke or dukedom.
Origin of ducal
First recorded in 1485-95, ducal is from the Late Latin word ducālis of a leader. See duke, -al1
Related forms
unducal, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is as if he had stripped off the stately robe and the ducal cap, and shown the soul of Venice in the bare child of the lagoons.

  • But it was not until the year 1443 that the Montefeltri acquired their ducal title.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Bright would doubtless have gone much further in the path of reform if unfettered by ducal retainers.

    The Galaxy Various
  • Black velvet slippers are on his feet, and his ducal cap is of black velvet.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • Then followed the names of his rival lovers, and a list of the vast sums she had filched from the ducal treasury.

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • "You had better take his place," said the ducal proprietor to Harold.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • Francesco Sforza, the last and childless heir of the ducal house, was left in Milan till his death, which happened in 1535.

  • He took careful aim in the direction of the ducal tent, and loosed the quarrel.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • The ducal museum contains a rich collection of antique and medieval curiosities, engravings and pictures.

  • And the colored marbles of the ducal palace fairly palpitate.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for ducal


of or relating to a duke or duchy
Derived Forms
ducally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Late Latin ducālis of a leader, from dux leader
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Word Origin and History for ducal

late 15c., from Middle French ducal (15c.), from Late Latin ducalis, from Latin dux (genitive ducis); see duke (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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