A leader; a chief; a prince.
In England, one of the highest order of nobility after princes and princesses of the royal blood and the four archbishops of England and Ireland.
In some European countries, a sovereign prince, without the title of king.
An individual who has been granted a large area of land and given a distinct title indicate their being important and belonging/owing allegiance to a kingdom or realm. Such individuals are above Barons in most systems, their land usually being made up of Baronies and other lands that may be held by rich merchants or simply unowned.
The highest title of nobility in England, ranking below the prince, introduced for the first time by Edward III when bestowing various castles and estates in Cornwall to his son, the Black Prince. The title, imported from the continent, originally meant a military commander, and the English retained this etymology by endowing English dukes with special fees in war, where command expertise was expected. In Germany, the title ‘Herzog' was equivalent, though they were often elected and carried more administrative and social duties than military ones. A duke is properly addressed as ‘ your grace', equivalent to the rank of archbishop in the church hierarchy. Within the SCA the title is reserved for those gentles who have served twice as king of an SCA kingdom, won through the Crown Tournament. They are know by coronets bearing strawberry leaves in the familiar three leaf patterm, ranking just below the Princes of the realm.
Addressed as "Your Grace", they are the rulers of Duchies. Their six diadems upon their coronets easily recognize dukes.
a title denoting independent sovereignty over a small state; not at this period a title to lands in England.
a very important man in England, second only to the royal family
A man who has been king at least twice.
a heriditary title, the highest order of the nobility
From the Roman Dux, a Duke ruled a district called a duchy. In England, the title was reserved for members of the royal family.
When a fighter has served his second reign as king, and his successor is crowned, the ex-King becomes a Duke.
Duke, whose real name is Mark Adams, is a male dance vocalist/songwriter/composer/producer who was born and raised in England.