- a leader or dictator.
- il Duce, the leader: applied especially to Benito Mussolini as head of the fascist Italian state.
Origin of duce
- British. the pupil who is academically first in a class or school.
- (in the later Roman Empire) a military chief commanding the troops in a frontier province.
Origin of dux
Examples from the Web for duces
Historical Examples of duces
And, by the way, isn't there such a writ as a mandamus, or a duces tecum?The Paliser case
To do the duty of a duces tecum we have a diligence against havers.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
In the Bible the word dukes is used (Gen. xxxvi) for the duces of the Vulgate.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
The two classes of officers of which we hear most were the counts (Latin, comites) and the dukes (Latin, duces).An Introduction to the History of Western Europe
James Harvey Robinson
Duces autem contrarii excercitus, sese densis agminibus et consertis aciebus, uiolenter opponunt aduentantibus.Beowulf
R. W. Chambers
Word Origin for duce
- Il Duce (il) the title assumed by Benito Mussolini as leader of Fascist Italy (1922–43)
- (in Scottish and certain other schools) the top pupil in a class or school
Word Origin for dux
Word Origin and History for duces
1923, title assumed by Benito Mussolini (1883-1945); Italian, literally "leader," from Latin ducem (see duke (n.)).