Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The top academic student in a school, or in a year of school; the top student in a specified academic discipline.
  • n. A high-ranking commander in the Roman army, responsible for more than one legion.
  • n. The subject of a fugue, answered by the comes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The scholastic name for the theme or subject of a fugue, the answer being called the comes, or companion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A leader; a chief; specifically, the head or chief pupil of a class or division in some public schools.
  • n. In music, the subject or theme of a fugue: distinguished from the comes or answer.

Etymologies

Borrowed from Latin dux ("leader"). (Wiktionary)

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