duce

[ doo-chey; Italian doo-che ]
/ ˈdu tʃeɪ; Italian ˈdu tʃɛ /

noun, plural du·ces, du·ci [doo-chee] /ˈdu tʃi/.

a leader or dictator.
il Duce, the leader: applied especially to Benito Mussolini as head of the fascist Italian state.

Origin of duce

1920–25; < Italian < Medieval Latin dux (genitive ducis), Latin: leader; cf. duke, dux

Definition for duce (2 of 2)

il Duce
[ eel doo-chey; Italian eel doo-che ]
/ il ˈdu tʃeɪ; Italian il ˈdu tʃɛ /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for duce (1 of 2)

duce
/ (ˈduːtʃɪ, Italian ˈduːtʃe) /

noun

leader

Word Origin for duce

C20: from Italian, from Latin dux

British Dictionary definitions for duce (2 of 2)

Duce
/ (Italian ˈduːtʃe) /

noun

Il Duce (il) the title assumed by Benito Mussolini as leader of Fascist Italy (1922–43)
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