- a leader or dictator.
- il Duce, the leader: applied especially to Benito Mussolini as head of the fascist Italian state.
Origin of duce
Examples from the Web for duce
Banners with “Muslims go home” and “Long Live Il Duce,” in a reference to Benito Mussolini, lie crumpled along the streets.In Rome’s Riots, Cries for Mussolini and Attacks on Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 14, 2014
Be pure to be strong,' Il Duce has taught our people this wonderful lesson.Little Tony of Italy
Who th' duce does ta think can be bilious in a country like this?Seets I' Paris
I was going to 'duce 'Ilip to the Tommodore and 'Ilip was going to 'duce me.Toots and his Friends
Kate Tannatt Woods
The other face bears the lines of Juvenal: 'Expende—quot libras in duce summo (p. 031) invenies?Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)
John Gibson Lockhart
The day the debate in the Lords ended, that in the Commons began on the same question, duce Cobden.The Greville Memoirs (Third Part) Volume II (of II)
Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
- Il Duce (il) the title assumed by Benito Mussolini as leader of Fascist Italy (1922–43)
Word Origin and History for duce
1923, title assumed by Benito Mussolini (1883-1945); Italian, literally "leader," from Latin ducem (see duke (n.)).