Duke vs Principality - What's the difference?

duke | principality |

As a verb duke

is to plunge, dive.

As a noun principality is

(obsolete) the state of being a prince or ruler; sovereignty, absolute authority.



(wikipedia duke)


(en noun)
  • The male ruler of a duchy (compare duchess ).
  • A high title of nobility; the male holder of a dukedom.
  • A grand duke.
  • (slang, usually in plural) A fist.
  • Put up your dukes !
    This is thought to be derived from where Duke(s) of York = Fork. Fork is itself cockney slang for hand, and thus fist.


    * nobility

    Coordinate terms

    * prince, monarch, baron, count, countess, earl, marquess, marquis, viscount

    Derived terms

    * archduke * duke it out * dukedom * grand duke * put up one's dukes


  • To hit or beat with the fists.
  • * {{quote-book, 2003, John A. Dinan, Private Eyes in the Comics, isbn=159393002X, pageurl=http://books.google.com/books?id=7vvAzXjtBAcC&pg=PA65, page=65
  • , passage=It seems that PI Rainer was duked by his wife

    Derived terms

    * duke it out * duke it * duke out * duke up * duke in ----




  • (obsolete) The state of being a prince or ruler; sovereignty, absolute authority.
  • A region or sovereign nation headed by a prince or princess.
  • * 1990 , (Peter Hopkirk), The Great Game , Folio Society 2010, p. 14:
  • At this time Russia consisted of a dozen or so principalities , which were frequently at war with one another.
  • (theology) A spiritual being, specifically in Christian angelology, the fifth level of angels, ranked above powers and below dominions.
  • See also

    * choirs of angels * dominion * power