[ dook, dyook ]
/ duk, dyuk /


(in Continental Europe) the male ruler of a duchy; the sovereign of a small state.
a British nobleman holding the highest hereditary title outside the royal family, ranking immediately below a prince and above a marquis; a member of the highest rank of the British peerage.
a nobleman of corresponding rank in certain other countries.
a cultivated hybrid of the sweet and sour cherry.
dukes, Slang. fists; hands: Put up your dukes.

verb (used with object), duked, duk·ing.

Slang. to hit or thrash with the fists (sometimes followed by out): He duked me because he said I had insulted him. The bully said he was going to duke out anyone who disagreed.

Idioms for duke

    duke it out, to fight, especially with the fists; do battle: The adversaries were prepared to duke it out in the alley.

Origin of duke

1100–50; Middle English duke, duc, late Old English duc < Old French duc, dus, dux < Medieval Latin dux hereditary ruler of a small state, Latin: leader; see dux; dukes “fists” of unclear derivation and perhaps of distinct orig.

Definition for duke (2 of 4)

[ dook, dyook ]
/ duk, dyuk /


Benjamin Newton,1855–1929, and his brother, James Buchanan, 1856–1925, U.S. industrialists.
a male given name.

Definition for duke (3 of 4)

[ weyn ]
/ weɪn /


AnthonyMad Anthony, 1745–96, American Revolutionary War general.
JohnMarion Michael MorrisonDuke, 1907–79, U.S. film actor.
a township in N New Jersey.
a city in SE Michigan, near Detroit.
a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “wagonmaker.”

Definition for duke (4 of 4)

[ el-ing-tuh n ]
/ ˈɛl ɪŋ tən /


Edward KennedyDuke, 1899–1974, U.S. jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor.
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British Dictionary definitions for duke (1 of 3)

/ (djuːk) /


a nobleman of high rank: in the British Isles standing above the other grades of the nobility
the prince or ruler of a small principality or duchy

Other words from duke

Related adjective: ducal

Word Origin for duke

C12: from Old French duc, from Latin dux leader

British Dictionary definitions for duke (2 of 3)

/ (ˈɛlɪŋtən) /


Duke, nickname of Edward Kennedy Ellington. 1899–1974, US jazz composer, pianist, and conductor, famous for such works as "Mood Indigo" and "Creole Love Call"

British Dictionary definitions for duke (3 of 3)

/ (weɪn) /


John, real name Marion Michael Morrison. 1907–79, US film actor, noted esp for his many Westerns, which include Stagecoach (1939), The Alamo (1960), and True Grit (1969), for which he won an Oscar
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