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Duke


DUKE, noun [G., L, to lead; to draw, to tug. Gr.]

1. In Great Britain, one of the highest order of nobility; a title of honor or nobility next below the princes; as the duke of Bedford or of Cornwall.

2. In some countries on the Continent, a sovereign prince, without the title of king; as the duke of Holstein, of Savoy, of Parma, etc.

3. A chief; a prince; as the dukes of Edom. Genesis 36:15.