[ 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 duces (2 of 2)

[ duhks, doo ks ]
/ dʌks, dʊks /

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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British Dictionary definitions for duces (1 of 3)

/ (ˈduːtʃɪ, Italian ˈduːtʃe) /



Word Origin for duce

C20: from Italian, from Latin dux

British Dictionary definitions for duces (2 of 3)

/ (Italian ˈduːtʃe) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for duces (3 of 3)

/ (dʌks) /


(in Scottish and certain other schools) the top pupil in a class or school

Word Origin for dux

Latin: leader
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