[doo-kuh l, dyoo-]


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 formsun·du·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ducal

Historical Examples of ducal

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


    Raphael Sabatini

  • And he waved a hand in the direction of the doors leading to the ducal chamber.


    Raphael Sabatini

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

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • That wasn't exactly the wording used by a ducal lord on Gram.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • It is some of the ducal family, and one of their young Etonians.

    Our Village

    Mary Russell Mitford

British Dictionary definitions for ducal



of or relating to a duke or duchy
Derived Formsducally, adverb

Word Origin for ducal

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.).

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