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Borrowed from Latin dux ‎(leader).


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dux ‎(plural duxes or duces)

  1. (Britain) (Australia) The top academic student in a school, or in a year of school; the top student in a specified academic discipline.
    • 1849, Wilhelm Steven, The History of the High School of Edinburgh, page 191,
      [] on the motion of Sir John Marjoribanks, Bart., Lord Provost, unanimously resolved, July 27, 1814, “that there be annually presented by the town of Edinburgh to the boy at the head of the Greek class, taught by the rector of the High School, a gold medal of the same value [five guineas] as that annually presented to the dux of the Latin class.”
    • 1999, Keith Scott, Gareth Evans, page 29,
      He finished the year dux of Form III with an average 90 per cent over eight subjects. The school did not award end-of-year marks in fourth and fifth forms, but Evans′ report for those years shows he passed all subjects in both years and was again dux in Form V.
    • 2010, Roger K. A. Allen, Ballina Boy, page 28,
      This school was where my father had been dux in his senior year in 1937 just as his father had been dux at the Rockhampton Grammar School27 before the turn of the 19th century.
    • 2011, A. Lydiard, Running to the Top, page 17,
      Quite a few who became national athletic champions were also duxes or top academic pupils at their schools.
  2. (historical) A high-ranking commander in the Roman army, responsible for more than one legion.
  3. (music) The subject of a fugue, answered by the comes.

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From dūcō ‎(I lead).



dux m ‎(genitive ducis); third declension

  1. leader
  2. commander, general
  3. prince, ruler
  4. (Medieval Latin) duke


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative dux ducēs
genitive ducis ducum
dative ducī ducibus
accusative ducem ducēs
ablative duce ducibus
vocative dux ducēs

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Borrowed from Latin dux.



dux m ‎(plural dux)

  1. doge (chief magistrate in the republics of Venice and Genoa)