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[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.
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Origin of duce

1920–25; < Italian < Medieval Latin dux (genitive ducis), Latin: leader; cf. duke, dux
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Historical Examples of duci

  • And in the medal of Gates, on the side of the head, instead of Duci provido to substitute Duci strenuo.

    The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876

    J. F. Loubat, LL.D.

British Dictionary definitions for duci


  1. leader
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Word Origin for duce

C20: from Italian, from Latin dux


  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 duci



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

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