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  1. the wife of an archduke.
  2. a princess of the Austrian imperial family.
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Origin of archduchess

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

Usage note

See -ess.
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Related Words for archduchess

aristocrat, count, patrician, gentleman, royalty, peer, lord, emperor, lady, prince, empress, duke, archduchess, archduke, countess, gentlewoman, princess, duchess, queen, baroness

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Historical Examples of archduchess

  • "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

  • The Archduchess, who had no religion herself, approved of it in others.

    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

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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