[ doo-kuh l, dyoo- ]
/ ˈdu kəl, ˈdyu- /


of or relating to a duke or dukedom.

Nearby words

  1. dubuffet,
  2. dubuffet, jean,
  3. dubuque,
  4. dubček,
  5. duc,
  6. ducally,
  7. ducasse,
  8. ducat,
  9. ducaton,
  10. ducatoon

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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British Dictionary definitions for ducal


/ (ˈdjuːkəl) /


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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