Duke definition

do͝ok, dyo͝ok
A sovereign prince who rules an independent duchy in some European countries.
noun
3
0
The title of a duke.
pronoun
1
0
(botany) A type of cherry intermediate between a sweet and a sour cherry.
noun
2
2
The definition of a duke is a high hereditary title in England, or is a ruler of certain small independent states in Europe.

A man holding a high hereditary title in England is an example of a duke.

noun
1
1
A nobleman with the highest hereditary rank, especially a man of the highest grade of the peerage in Great Britain.
noun
1
1
Advertisement
(slang) The fists.

Put up your dukes!

noun
1
1
To fight, especially with fists.

Duking it out.

verb
0
0
A prince who rules an independent duchy.
noun
0
0
A nobleman of the highest hereditary rank below that of prince.
noun
0
0
Any of several varieties of cherry created by crossing a sweet cherry with a sour cherry.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
The fists or hands.
noun
0
0
To hit or fight with the fists.
verb
0
0
The male ruler of a duchy (compare duchess).
noun
0
0
A high title of nobility; the male holder of a dukedom.
noun
0
0
A grand duke.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
(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.

noun
0
0
To hit or beat with the fists.
verb
0
0
A male given name; mostly US and rather rare.
pronoun
0
0
A private university in North Carolina.
pronoun
0
0
Used as the title for such a nobleman.
noun
0
1
Advertisement
duke it out
  • to fight, esp. with the fists
idiom
0
0

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
duke
Plural:
dukes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of duke

  • Middle English from Old French duc from Latin dux duc- leader from dūcere to lead deuk- in Indo-European roots N., sense 4, short for Duke of Yorks rhyming slang for forks fingers

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French duc, from Latin dux.

    From Wiktionary