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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-/.
  1. British. the pupil who is academically first in a class or school.
  2. (in the later Roman Empire) a military chief commanding the troops in a frontier province.
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Origin of dux

1800–10; < Latin: literally, leader, noun derivative from base of dūcere to lead
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Examples from the Web for dux

Historical Examples

  • Unluckily, he was called away on the morning of the day that I reached Dux.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Casanova's own comment on his trip away from Dux will be found in the Memoirs.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • “I would not answer the question if I could,” said the Dux defiantly.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • But I did my best to glare back and tighten my lips like the Dux.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • “Good-bye,” said the Dux, not heeding the hand, and walking to the door.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed


British Dictionary definitions for dux

dux

noun
  1. (in Scottish and certain other schools) the top pupil in a class or school
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Word Origin

Latin: leader
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