One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural duces, Plural duxes
1Scottish The top pupil in a school or class.
- ‘I want to be a filmmaker - not the dux of Mount High.’
- ‘The family of a former Hastings Boys' High School dux, who was killed by a car in an early-morning incident a year ago, are disappointed the driver hasn't been sent to jail.’
- ‘Nagle College's 2001 school dux sealed an outstanding academic year with a near-perfect mark in the Tertiary Entrance Exams.’
- ‘When she was named dux of Lismore High School last year, she won a university scholarship to help with her studies.’
- ‘He was an illustrious product of the state school system, dux of Maitland High, winner of a bursary to the University of Sydney where he gained first-class honours in English.’
- ‘In 1913 he graduated from the grammar school being dux of the school and winning the gold medal.’
- ‘Currently studying Law at Melbourne University, she was dux of Girton Grammar School in Bendigo, received a Premiers Award, the Australia Award and received the highest VCE score in all of regional Victoria.’
- ‘He was himself a pupil at the school and a former dux.’
- ‘And - a shocking revelation - he was the dux of his year!’
- ‘After primary school education at Fivedock / Drummoyne, he became dux of Sydney Technical High School.’
- ‘Now dux of St. Aloyisius College, it meant any career was open to you.’
- ‘However, she had impressed upon me that she believed I had something more than the average motivational speech that was offered every year by the dux of the school.’
2historical A Saxon chief or leader.
Mid 18th century (denoting the leading voice or instrument in a fugue or canon): from Latin, ‘leader’.
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