duke /ˈduk ||ˈdjuk/
Duke v. i. To play the duke. [Poetic]
Lord Angelo dukes it well in his absence. -- Shak.
1. A leader; a chief; a prince. [Obs.]
Hannibal, duke of Carthage. --Sir T. Elyot.
All were dukes once, who were =\“duces” -- captains or leaders of their people.\= --Trench.
2. In England, one of the highest order of nobility after princes and princesses of the royal blood and the four archbishops of England and Ireland.
3. In some European countries, a sovereign prince, without the title of king.
Duke's coronet. See Illust. of Coronet.
To dine with Duke Humphrey, to go without dinner. See under Dine.
n 1: a British peer of the highest rank
2: a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank
derived from the Latin dux, meaning "a leader;" Arabic, "a
sheik." This word is used to denote the phylarch or chief of a
tribe (Gen. 36:15-43; Ex. 15:15; 1 Chr. 1:51-54).