What is duke?

  • (noun): A nobleman (in various countries) of high rank.
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Duke

A duke (male) or duchess (female) can either be a monarch ruling over a duchy or a member of the nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch. The title comes from French duc, itself from the Latin dux, 'leader', a term used in republican Rome to refer to a military commander without an official rank (particularly one of Germanic or Celtic origin), and later coming to mean the leading military commander of a province.

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... Zachary Thomas Duke (born April 19, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball ... Duke bats and throws left-handed ...
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... Albert II, Duke of Austria 17 ... Albert III, Duke of Austria 18 ... Albert IV, Duke of Austria 20 ...
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... John Children Oscar I Oscar I Children Charles XV Gustaf, Duke of Upland Oscar II Princess Eugenie August, Duke of Dalarna Charles XV Children Lovisa, Queen of Denmark Carl Oscar, Duke of S ...
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... still found in the official title of the hereditary dukes Mangkunegara of Surakarta and Paku Alam of Yogyakarta i ...
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... Nicholas II, Duke of Lorraine 8 ... Charles V, Duke of Lorraine 17 ... Leopold, Duke of Lorraine 18 ...

More definitions of "duke":

  • (noun): A British peer of the highest rank.

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    For the man who should loose me is dead,
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