dogedom

doge

[dohj]
noun
the chief magistrate in the former republics of Venice and Genoa.

Origin:
1540–50; < Upper Italian (Venetian) < Latin ducem, accusative of dux leader; cf. duce, duke, dux

dogedom, noun
dogeship, noun
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doge (dəʊdʒ)
 
n
(formerly) the chief magistrate in the republics of Venice (until 1797) and Genoa (until 1805)
 
[C16: via French from Italian (Venetian dialect), from Latin dux leader]
 
'dogeship
 
n

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doge
"chief magistrate of Venice or Genoa," 1549, from Venetian dial. doge, from L. ducem, acc. of dux "leader" (see duke).
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