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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 of dux
1800-1810
1800-10; < Latin: literally, leader, noun derivative from base of dūcere to lead
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  • Footnote 34: "Rex proclamari fecit quod dux Herefordi debitum suum honorific adimplesset."

    Henry of Monmouth, Volume 1 J. Endell Tyler
  • Unluckily, he was called away on the morning of the day that I reached dux.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Casanova's own comment on his trip away from dux will be found in the Memoirs.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • “Comes of eating such a supper as you did,” replied the dux.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • We find mention of one Gudibrandus, dux civitatis Florentinorum, appointed by the conquerors; but nothing else is known to us.

  • “Good-bye,” said the dux, not heeding the hand, and walking to the door.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • Tell me, friend dux,” interrupted the Dominie, “doth a jackdaw die in any peculiar way?

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • The dux looked at me as if he were about to eat me up, I looked back as if I were ready for it.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • How could I ever have imagined a fellow like Crofter was worthy to hold a candle to my old dux?

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • For the first time in my life I felt out of humour with my old dux.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for dux

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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Related Abbreviations for dux

DUX

duplex (shortwave transmission)
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