[ duhch-is ]
/ ˈdʌtʃ ɪs /


the wife or widow of a duke.
a woman who holds in her own right the sovereignty or titles of a duchy.

Origin of duchess

1300–50; Middle English duchesse < Anglo-French, Old French, feminine derivative of duc duke; see -ess


duch·ess·like, adjective

usage note for duchess

See -ess.

Definition for duchesses (2 of 2)

[ French dy-shes ]
/ French düˈʃɛs /

noun, plural du·chesses [French dy-shes] /French düˈʃɛs/. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for duchesses (1 of 2)

/ (ˈdʌtʃɪs) /


the wife or widow of a duke
a woman who holds the rank of duke in her own right

verb (tr)

Australian informal to overwhelm with flattering attention

Word Origin for duchess

C14: from Old French duchesse, feminine of duc duke

British Dictionary definitions for duchesses (2 of 2)

/ (ˈdʌtʃɪs) /


Australian and NZ a dressing table or chest of drawers with a mirror
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