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.

(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)