noun, plural du·ces, du·ci [doo-chee] /ˈdu tʃi/.
- a leader or dictator.
- il Duce, the leader: applied especially to Benito Mussolini as head of the fascist Italian state.
- 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.)).