duci

duce

[doo-chey; Italian doo-che]
noun, plural duces, duci [doo-chee] .
1.
a leader or dictator.
2.
il Duce, the leader: applied especially to Benito Mussolini as head of the fascist Italian state.

Origin:
1920–25; < Italian < Medieval Latin dux (genitive ducis), Latin: leader; cf. duke, dux

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duce (ˈduːtʃɪ, Italian ˈduːtʃe)
 
n
leader
 
[C20: from Italian, from Latin dux]

Duce (Italian ˈduːtʃe)
 
n
Il Duce the title assumed by Benito Mussolini as leader of Fascist Italy (1922--43)

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Duce
1923, title assumed by Benito Mussolini 1883-1945), It., lit. "leader," from L. ducem (see duke).
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