[doo-chey; Italian doo-che]

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


[duhks, doo ks]

noun, plural du·ces [doo-seez, dyoo-, doo-keys] /ˈdu siz, ˈdyu-, ˈdu keɪs/, dux·es [duhk-siz, doo k-] /ˈdʌk sɪz, ˈdʊk-/.

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

1800–10; < Latin: literally, leader, noun derivative from base of dūcere to lead

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Word Origin for duce

C20: from Italian, from Latin dux



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

Latin: leader

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Word Origin and History for duces



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

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