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duchy

[duhch-ee]
noun, plural duch·ies.
  1. the territory ruled by a duke or duchess.
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Origin of duchy

1350–1400; Middle English duche < Middle French duche; Anglo-French, Old French duchié < Medieval Latin ducātus; Late Latin, Latin: the rank or functions of a dux; see duke, -ate3
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Contemporary Examples of duchy

Historical Examples of duchy

  • Paolo, taking possession of the duchy, assumes the title of governor.

  • And so, what man can do to stem the impending flood of this invasion, that will I do to defend your Duchy.

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    Raphael Sabatini

  • His Highness will do nothing to save the Duchy, and so we turn to you.

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    Raphael Sabatini

  • You would be false to the Duke that you may be faithful to the Duchy?

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    Raphael Sabatini

  • Soon Gian Maria would be forced to turn him homeward, to defend his Duchy.

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    Raphael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for duchy

duchy

noun plural duchies
  1. the territory of a duke or duchess; dukedom
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Word Origin for duchy

C14: from Old French duche, from duc duke
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Word Origin and History for duchy

n.

mid-14c., "territory ruled by a duke or duchess," from Old French duché (12c.), from Medieval Latin ducatus, from Latin dux (see duke (n.)).

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