- 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
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Examples from the Web for duchesse
The Duchesse de Guermantes, once the dominant leader of society, ventures out less and less and is first eclipsed, then forgotten.David's Bookclub: Time Regained
April 8, 2013
The Duc and Duchesse d'Humieres were with us there, and good company.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
The Duchesse was so pleased to see me—she kissed me on both cheeks—.
The Duchesse's eyes, half closed now, were watching me keenly—.
"She is a splendid woman, the Duchesse, she was a friend of my mother's—" I said.
Get on to the Duchesse de Courville-Hautevine as quickly as you can—.
- Australian and NZ a dressing table or chest of drawers with a mirror
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