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[dohj] /doʊdʒ/
the chief magistrate in the former republics of Venice and Genoa.
Origin of doge
1540-50; < Upper Italian (Venetian) < Latin ducem, accusative of dux leader; cf. duce, duke, dux
Related forms
dogedom, noun
dogeship, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • We dined, and I was then conducted to the palace of the doge, where the tribunals are now held.

  • His picture of the doge's palace at Venice was quite clay-cold and untrue.

  • After obtaining leave from the doge to go out and give battle, he sailed into the roadstead on the 25th.

  • Byron's doge is almost, if not quite, as unhistorical as his Bonivard or his Mazeppa.

  • There were three or four old armchairs that looked as if they had been stolen out of the doge's Palace.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • We alighted at the palace of the doge, and proceeded to the prisons.

  • Thou art right, answered the saint, go to the doge and tell what thou hast seen and ask thy reward.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • The doge started in astonishment at this bold and unexpected request.

    The Bravo of Venice Heinrich Zschokke
  • At the death of the doge in 912 the Participazii returned to power.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • Flodoardo eyed the doge, and waited for his decision with impatience.

    The Bravo of Venice Heinrich Zschokke
British Dictionary definitions for doge


(formerly) the chief magistrate in the republics of Venice (until 1797) and Genoa (until 1805)
Derived Forms
dogeship, noun
Word Origin
C16: via French from Italian (Venetian dialect), from Latin dux leader
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Word Origin and History for doge

"chief magistrate of Venice or Genoa," 1540s, from Venetian dialect doge, from Latin ducem, accusative of dux "leader" (see duke (n.)).

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