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[French dy-shes] /French düˈʃɛs/
noun, plural duchesses
[French dy-shes] /French düˈʃɛs/ (Show IPA).
French Furniture.
a daybed having a rounded, partially enclosed head and usually a similar foot, sometimes made in two or three pieces able to be used separately (duchesse brisée)
Origin of duchesse
From French, dating back to 1785-95; See origin at duchess Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The young duchesse d'Aosta, who is unusually tall, walked with a tiny Siamese prince.

    The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
  • The duchesse de Berry was laughing at a story which Broglie was telling her.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Could it really be possible that the duchesse de Sairmeuse was there!

    The Honor of the Name Emile Gaboriau
  • "I know a means of procuring them," said the duchesse, thoughtlessly.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Then followed the business of settling the duchesse in her place.

    The Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Stay a moment, duchesse; would you like me to tell you why I will not buy your letters?

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • If the development at the surface is irregular, as in the duchesse d'Angouleme and Bartlett pears, the fruit is termed uneven.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • I pledge you my word, duchesse, that you will not be able to make use of it with the queen.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • The duchesse de Montausier, I know not why, expressed herself to me in the same terms of amazement.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
British Dictionary definitions for duchesse


(Austral & NZ) a dressing table or chest of drawers with a mirror
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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