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archduchess

[ahrch-duhch-is]
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noun
  1. the wife of an archduke.
  2. a princess of the Austrian imperial family.

Origin of archduchess

1610–20; arch-1 + duchess, modeled on French archiduchesse

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for archduchess

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.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for archduchess

archduchess

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.

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