Meaning of “duke” in the English Dictionary

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"duke" in British English

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dukenoun [ C ]

uk /dʒuːk/ us /duːk/

a man of very high rank in a country, or the ruler of a small independent country


  • They claim to be descendants of a French duke.
  • They trace their line of descent back to a French duke.
  • The duke is desirous of meeting you.
  • The order of precedence for titled nobility in Britain is duke, marquis, earl, viscount, baron.
  • The play revolves round the betrothal of a duke to a doctor's daughter.

Examples from literature

  • And finally, as you saw, she drove off to the house of the duke, still in high good humor. 
  • It was the king and the duke. 
  • The duke was thinking he'd been doing pretty well till the king come to show up, but after that he didn't think so so much. 
  • There is only one difficulty, duke. 
  • Whatever he might pretend, the duke secretly confessed his son's superiority and his genius for intrigue, and he was now extremely anxious to consult him. 

(Definition of “duke” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"duke" in American English

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dukenoun [ C ]

us /duk/

(in some countries) a title of a man who has a very high social rank or who is the ruler of a small, independent country, or the person himself

(Definition of “duke” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)