duce

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

Nearby words

  1. ducat,
  2. ducaton,
  3. ducatoon,
  4. duccio di buoninsegna,
  5. duccio, agostino di,
  6. duces,
  7. duces tecum,
  8. duchamp,
  9. duchamp, marcel,
  10. duchamp-villon

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 ]
/ il ˈdu tʃeɪ; Italian il ˈdu tʃɛ /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for duce

duce

/ (ˈduːtʃɪ, Italian ˈduːtʃe) /

noun

leader

Word Origin for duce

C20: from Italian, from Latin dux

Duce

/ (Italian ˈduːtʃe) /

noun

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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