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

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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for dogeship


  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 for doge

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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