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"As for me, Madam," said the Duke to the Queen, "I am under no uncertainty in this matter; but as the Princess of Cleves has not the same reasons to lead her to guess who I am, as I have to direct me to know her, I should be glad if your Majesty would be pleased to let her know my name." --La Princesse de Clèves (1678) by Madame de La Fayette

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  1. The male ruler of a duchy (compare duchess).
  2. A high title of nobility; the male holder of a dukedom.
  3. Grand duke.
  4. (slang, usually in plural dukes) A fist.

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