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[doo-chey; Italian doo-che] /ˈdu tʃeɪ; Italian ˈdu tʃɛ/

noun, plural duces, duci
[doo-chee] /ˈdu tʃi/ (Show IPA)
a leader or dictator.
il Duce, the leader: applied especially to Benito Mussolini as head of the fascist Italian state.
/ˈduːtʃɪ; Italian ˈduːtʃe/
/Italian ˈduːtʃe/
Il Duce (il). the title assumed by Benito Mussolini as leader of Fascist Italy (1922–43)

1923, title assumed by Benito Mussolini (1883-1945); Italian, literally “leader,” from Latin ducem (see duke (n.)).


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