from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a duke or duchy: a ducal estate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a duke, a duchess, or the duchy or dukedom they hold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a duke.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a duke: as, a ducal coronet.
  • In ornithology, a term applied to certain large terns of the subgenus Thalasseus, as Sterna(Thalasseus) cantiaca.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or belonging to or suitable for a duke


Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin ducālis, from Latin dux, duc-, leader; see duke.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French ducal, from Latin ducālis. (Wiktionary)


  • He called the ducal palace that evening and got through to the chief social secretary.

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  • Opening this, they entered a room which Casanova immediately identified as the ducal chancellery.

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  • Gordons_, -- _not_ the _Seyton Gordons_, as she disdainfully termed the ducal branch, -- told me the story, always reminding me how superior _her_

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  • My mother, who was as haughty as Lucifer with her descent from the Stuarts, and her right line from the _old Gordons, not the Seyton Gordons_, as she disdainfully termed the ducal branch, told me the story, always reminding me how superior _her_ Gordons were to the southern

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  • Shang that he received extraordinary rank; just as, in very much later days, the Confucius family was the only non-Manchu to possess "ducal" rank, or, as the Japanese seem to hold in German style, "princely" rank.

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  • In his poor lodging, 3 Rivers Street, Bath, and his reception and treatment of me there, I found something which I could call 'ducal' or higher than if he had been a duke, and still palatial.

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  • Meanwhile, Giovanni Antonio Canal, famed as Canaletto, will feature at the Dickinson gallery in Jermyn Street with a pair of masterful Venetian views of the Piazza San Marco and its ducal palace from circa 1755 price for the pair: €4.5 million.

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  • He wrote heartfelt petrarchan sonnets extolling his employers, and in 1551 wrote awestruck from the reconquered Pisa, while painting the ducal children: "I am continually with these most saintly sovereigns, and I rejoice in the blessed sweetness of so good and benign a prince."

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  • When you've finished contemplating the studiolo, a secret door opens to reveal a balcony overlooking the ducal palace's hilltop command.

    Sanctity in Perspective

  • If Alain Ducasse's tranquil, elegant country hotel, a former ducal summer palace from the 16th century, feels more "south of France" than "Maremma," you don't much care: It is exceedingly comfortable in its own crisp, modern fashion.

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  • "The ducal hat of Charles the Rash, the last Duke of Burgundy of his race, was hung with pear-shaped pearls and studded with sapphires."
    -Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

    January 17, 2010

  • "This story was about a wake - all his juiciest stories were about wakes - and a tired woman getting jealous of the corpse in the bed. He was so pleased with Nancy's attention that he was dramatising even more than usual, and I stood silent in the kitchen door for several minutes with a ducal air of scorn before he even noticed me."
    - Frank O'Connor, 'The Duke's Children'.

    September 5, 2008