A duke (male) or duchess (female) can either be a monarch ruling over a duchy or a member of the nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch. The title comes from French duc, itself from the Latin dux, 'leader', a term used in republican Rome to refer to a military commander without an official rank (particularly one of Germanic or Celtic origin), and later coming to mean the leading military commander of a province.
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Famous quotes containing the word duke:
“That very knowing,
The Duke of Plaza-Toro!”
—Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (18361911)
“The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.”
—Edward, Duke of Windsor (18941972)
“I dont know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me.”
—Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke Wellington (17691852)