- the wife or widow of a duke.
- a woman who holds in her own right the sovereignty or titles of a duchy.
Origin of duchess
Examples from the Web for duchess
He called her The Duchess, and if The Duchess didn't like something, then it was of no value.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The Barclays Center where the Duke and Duchess will be seated would have stood in thick of where the pivotal action transpired.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site
December 6, 2014
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Diez said he married the duchess for love, not money.
As a wedding gift, the duchess installed a cinema screen in her Duenas Palace for her younger husband.
A flamboyant, multi-titled, multiply married royal to remember, the Duchess of Alba died Thursday at the age of 88.
His aunt, the Duchess of Savoy, is a merry dame, and a wise!The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Then of course you would have no objection to my visiting a duchess in the small-pox?Weighed and Wanting
Pray, are you at all acquainted, Mrs. Wynne, with the Duchess of A——?Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
I could introduce you to a duchess, but then the fee is high.Night and Morning, Complete
It is very fine to be a Freeland woman--but, believe me, it is much finer to be a duchess.Freeland
- the wife or widow of a duke
- a woman who holds the rank of duke in her own right
- Australian informal to overwhelm with flattering attention
Word Origin and History for duchess
c.1300, from Old French duchesse, from Late Latin or Medieval Latin ducissa, fem. of dux (see duke (n.)). Often spelled dutchess until early 19c. (e.g. Dutchess County, New York, U.S.).