(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.
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 about duke
duke it out, to fight, especially with the fists; do battle: The adversaries were prepared to duke it out in the alley.
Other definitions for Duke (2 of 2)
Benjamin Newton, 1855–1929, and his brother, James Buchanan, 1856–1925, U.S. industrialists.
a male given name.
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How to use duke in a sentence
The British media reported that the duke will probably remain in hospital over the weekend and into next week.Prince Harry and Meghan lose their patronages, won’t return as ‘working royals’ | William Booth, Karla Adam | February 19, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s been decades since duke and UNC both missed NCAA tournament, but it could happen this yearOklahoma State thought the ban was too severe and appealed.NCAA tournament bracketology: Oklahoma State will probably make it despite its postseason ban | Patrick Stevens | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
After I proposed to the love of my life back in October, we stayed at duke’s to celebrate our engagement.This country is a risky place to be a parent, and the pandemic reminded me of that | Haley Swenson | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
duke is one of the teams whose small sample size makes it hard to accurately assess.NCAA tournament bracketology: Figuring out the one-bid leagues will be a chore during the pandemic | Patrick Stevens | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
After college at Purdue, Egger got a job in the dairy department of General Mills, where she worked for three years before enrolling in business school at duke.Startups are racing to reproduce breast milk in the lab | Katie McLean | December 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
duke was a state representative whose neo-Nazi alliances were disgorged in media reports during his run for governor in 1991.
Scalise never would have spoken to EURO had duke been there in person.
But after winning 55 percent of the white vote, duke had a database of supporters some politicians coveted.
The “doctorate” duke claims is from an anti-Semitic Ukranian “diploma mill” as described by the State Department.
“I did not contribute to him, he did not contribute to me,” duke said.
Without preface, he abruptly asked, what had been told him of the duke of Wharton's behaviour the preceding night.
One evening, while he was thus engaged, he observed de Patinos and duke Wharton enter together.
Martini was on his mission to Vienna; but another valet was put into the chariot to support the duke.
Wharton and Louis had withdrawn their hands at the same instant they caught his eye; and the duke turned into the circle.
The duke found no difficulty in awakening the wishes, which were necessary to his scheme, in the mind of young Lorraine.
British Dictionary definitions for duke
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
- Related adjective: ducal
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