A man holding a high hereditary title in England is an example of a duke.
- a prince who rules an independent duchy
- a nobleman of the highest hereditary rank below that of prince
- any of several varieties of cherry created by crossing a sweet cherry with a sour cherry
Origin of dukeMiddle English duk ; from Old French duc ; from Classical Latin dux, leader ; from ducere, to lead: see duct
Origin of duke; from duke, short for Duke of York, used in 19th-c. eastern; English rhyming slang for fork, hence fingers, hence fist
duke it out
- A nobleman with the highest hereditary rank, especially a man of the highest grade of the peerage in Great Britain.
- A sovereign prince who rules an independent duchy in some European countries.
- Used as the title for such a nobleman.
- dukes Slang The fists: Put up your dukes!
- Botany A type of cherry intermediate between a sweet and a sour cherry.
intransitive verbduked, duk·ing, dukes
Origin of dukeMiddle English, from Old French duc, from Latin dux, duc-, leader, from d&umacron;cere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots. N., sense 4, short for Duke of Yorks, rhyming slang for forks, fingers.
- The male ruler of a duchy (compare duchess).
- A high title of nobility; the male holder of a dukedom.
- A grand duke.
- (slang, usually in plural) A fist.
- Put up your dukes!
- This is thought to be derived from Cockney rhyming slang where Duke(s) of York = Fork. Fork is itself cockney slang for hand, and thus fist.
(third-person singular simple present dukes, present participle duking, simple past and past participle duked)
- The title of a duke.
- A male given name; mostly US and rather rare.
- A private university in North Carolina.