Definition of ducal in US English:



  • attributive Of, like, or relating to a duke or dukedom.

    ‘the ducal palace in Rouen’
    • ‘These ducal states originated in the supreme command of large bodies of troops, and then in the administration of large territories by dukes.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the visual evidence and written documentation suggest ducal involvement.’
    • ‘The same criticism can be made of ducal palaces like Chatsworth, Stowe, Woburn, Blenheim, sequestered in their parks.’
    • ‘Antoine Busnois was one of the most prominent composers in the Burgundian ducal court in the second half of the 15th century.’
    • ‘Norman ducal revenues were insufficient to meet even the cost of garrisoning its defences and so, to fund Richard's seemingly never-ending wars against Philip, England was subjected to unprecedented levels of financial exaction.’
    • ‘In Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan a venal London duchess is hoping to marry her daughter to a rich young man from Sydney, whose father cans food that even the servants in the ducal house refuse to eat.’
    • ‘The work was commissioned for the ducal theater in Milan, to open the 1772-73 season.’
    • ‘The viceroy's house, now the governor's, is a titanic white imitation of an English-county ducal palace.’
    • ‘Loyet's materials - gold, silver, gems, and pearls - ensured that every commission for the ducal household, however trivial, was recorded in the expense books.’
    • ‘For the first time Churchill, by now on the brink of old age, shed the ‘galloping major’ image and became, oddly for someone of ducal provenance in what was quickly turning into the Age of the Common Man, a folk hero.’
    • ‘As a prince he patronized artists to furnish him with objects for his studiolo in the Palazzo Vecchio, and later he was responsible for organizing the display of the ducal collections he had inherited in the galleries of the Uffizi.’
    • ‘Considered over a lifetime, written by a dying old man in the remnants of his ducal palace in Palermo, it is a threnody to a fallen patrician class.’
    • ‘This was especially evident in the Lombard period, from which some twenty judgements have survived that throw light on the judicial activity of royal or ducal officers who came directly from the palace.’
    • ‘In Florence, Michelangelo Buonarroti's ducal tombs in the Medici church of San Lorenzo particularly impressed him.’
    • ‘He reached Rouen, the ducal capital, in May.’
    • ‘Later royal or ducal builders mainly added size.’
    • ‘He wants grandchildren, legitimate ones, to carry on the illustrious ducal line.’
    • ‘In this production, the grave duke seems an ill match for the mercurial Lucio, and he must rouse all his ducal authority to muzzle the fool.’
    • ‘Oh, I'm sure it's nothing like that fancy ducal estate you have, but we'll make do.’
    • ‘Posing as an injured painter of noble birth, Castagno infiltrates the ducal palace and courts Marguerite, who secretly shelters him in her chambers and restores him to health.’


Late 15th century: from Old French, from duc ‘duke’.