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archduchess

[ahrch-duhch-is] /ˈɑrtʃˈdʌtʃ ɪs/
noun
1.
the wife of an archduke.
2.
a princess of the Austrian imperial family.
Origin of archduchess
1610-1620
1610-20; arch-1 + duchess, modeled on French archiduchesse
Usage note
See -ess.
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Historical Examples
  • "All for the bright eyes of an archduchess, rather," broke in Lucy, laughing.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • In all these respects the Austrian archduchess was woefully deficient.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • She was studying music, and her mother, who was the archduchess, was watching her.

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  • The archduchess, who had no religion herself, approved of it in others.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "I have told you all I know," said the archduchess impatiently.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The archduchess nodded her august head, and the maid retired.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Against her father the archduchess held her unhappy marriage.

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  • It was, of course, the archduchess who discovered what was happening.

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  • The archduchess was very disagreeable about everything that day.

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  • He was to urge on the archduchess the necessity for an immediate vacation for her favorite.

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British Dictionary definitions for archduchess

archduchess

/ˈɑːtʃˈdʌtʃɪs/
noun
1.
the wife or widow of an archduke
2.
(since 1453) a princess of the Austrian imperial family, esp a daughter of the Austrian emperor
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Word Origin and History for archduchess
n.

1610s; see arch- + duchess. Also cf. archduke.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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