archduchess

[ahrch-duhch-is]

noun

the wife of an archduke.
a princess of the Austrian imperial family.

Nearby words

  1. archd.,
  2. archdeacon,
  3. archdeaconry,
  4. archdiocese,
  5. archducal,
  6. archduchy,
  7. archduke,
  8. archdukedom,
  9. arche-,
  10. archean

Origin of archduchess

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

Usage note

See -ess.

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British Dictionary definitions for archduchess

archduchess

noun

the wife or widow of an archduke
(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

archduchess

n.

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

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