- the territory ruled by a duke or duchess.
Origin of duchy
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Examples from the Web for duchy
It relies on the Duchy to provide it with accurate information without carrying out its own independent checks.
It also criticised the lack of official scrutiny of the Duchy's account.
Well, the Prince last year received an annual income from the Duchy of £19m, on which he paid £4.4m in income tax and VAT.MP: Prince Charles Pays Less Tax Than His Servants
July 16, 2013
He will also lose the massive income from the lands held by the Duchy of Cornwall, which currently provide some of their funding.Charles Charities Face Funding Crisis
June 5, 2013
The prince's private income from the Duchy of Cornwall rose by 3% to £18.3m.Charles Spends £6.7m On Staff
June 29, 2012
Paolo, taking possession of the duchy, assumes the title of governor.The Life of Cesare Borgia
And so, what man can do to stem the impending flood of this invasion, that will I do to defend your Duchy.
His Highness will do nothing to save the Duchy, and so we turn to you.
You would be false to the Duke that you may be faithful to the Duchy?
Soon Gian Maria would be forced to turn him homeward, to defend his Duchy.
- the territory of a duke or duchess; dukedom
C14: from Old French duche, from duc duke
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Word Origin and History for duchy
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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