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duce

[doo-chey; Italian doo-che] /ˈdu tʃeɪ; Italian ˈdu tʃɛ/
noun, plural duces, duci
[doo-chee] /ˈdu tʃi/ (Show IPA)
1.
a leader or dictator.
2.
il Duce, the leader: applied especially to Benito Mussolini as head of the fascist Italian state.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < Italian < Medieval Latin dux (genitive ducis), Latin: leader; cf. duke, dux

dux

[duhks, doo ks] /dʌks, dʊks/
noun, plural duces
[doo-seez, dyoo-, doo-keys] /ˈdu siz, ˈdyu-, ˈdu keɪs/ (Show IPA),
duxes
[duhk-siz, doo k-] /ˈdʌk sɪz, ˈdʊk-/ (Show IPA)
1.
British. the pupil who is academically first in a class or school.
2.
(in the later Roman Empire) a military chief commanding the troops in a frontier province.
Origin
1800-10; < Latin: literally, leader, noun derivative from base of dūcere to lead
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British Dictionary definitions for duces

duce

/ˈduːtʃɪ; Italian ˈduːtʃe/
noun
1.
leader
Word Origin
C20: from Italian, from Latin dux

Duce

/Italian ˈduːtʃe/
noun
1.
Il Duce (il). the title assumed by Benito Mussolini as leader of Fascist Italy (1922–43)

dux

/dʌks/
noun
1.
(in Scottish and certain other schools) the top pupil in a class or school
Word Origin
Latin: leader
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Word Origin and History for duces

Duce

n.

1923, title assumed by Benito Mussolini (1883-1945); Italian, literally "leader," from Latin ducem (see duke (n.)).

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Related Abbreviations for duces

DUX

duplex (shortwave transmission)
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