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  1. the chief magistrate in the former republics of Venice and Genoa.
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Origin of doge1

1540–50; < Upper Italian (Venetian) < Latin ducem, accusative of dux leader; cf. duce, duke, dux
Related formsdoge·dom, noundoge·ship, noun


[dohj, dohg]
  1. 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."
  2. one such image posted on the Internet: That's the cutest doge I've ever seen!
  3. the innovative grammar or language of doge:If you don't speak doge, you might be a little confused.
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Origin of doge2

First recorded in 2005–10; intentional misspelling of dog

Word story

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Related Words

leader, premier, president, chancellor, dewan, doge

Examples from the Web for doge

Historical Examples

  • His picture of the Doge's palace at Venice was quite clay-cold and untrue.

    Modern Painters Volume I (of V)

    John Ruskin

  • Byron's Doge is almost, if not quite, as unhistorical as his Bonivard or his Mazeppa.

  • 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.

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

    The Bravo of Venice

    Heinrich Zschokke

British Dictionary definitions for doge


  1. (formerly) the chief magistrate in the republics of Venice (until 1797) and Genoa (until 1805)
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Derived Formsdogeship, 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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