duce

[doo-chey; Italian doo-che]
noun, plural du·ces, du·ci [doo-chee] /ˈdu tʃi/.
  1. a leader or dictator.
  2. 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

il Duce

[eel doo-chey; Italian eel doo-che]
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duce

noun
  1. leader

Word Origin for duce

C20: from Italian, from Latin dux

Duce

noun
  1. Il Duce (il) the title assumed by Benito Mussolini as leader of Fascist Italy (1922–43)
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Word Origin and History for duce

Duce

n.

1923, title assumed by Benito Mussolini (1883-1945); Italian, literally "leader," from Latin ducem (see duke (n.)).

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