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duchess

[ duhch-is ]
/ ˈdʌtʃ ɪs /
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noun
the wife or widow of a duke.
a woman who holds in her own right the sovereignty or titles of a duchy.
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Origin of duchess

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

usage note for duchess

See -ess.

OTHER WORDS FROM duchess

duch·ess·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for duchess

duchess
/ (ˈdʌtʃɪs) /

noun
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
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