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Origin of archduchess

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

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for archduchess


  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

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

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