[ duhch-ee ]
/ ˈdʌtʃ i /

noun, plural duch·ies.

the territory ruled by a duke or duchess.

Nearby words

  1. duchess of malfi, the,
  2. duchess potatoes,
  3. duchesse,
  4. duchesse bed,
  5. duchesse brisée,
  6. duck,
  7. duck and drake,
  8. duck hawk,
  9. duck on a rock,
  10. duck out

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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/ (ˈdʌtʃɪ) /

noun plural duchies

the territory of a duke or duchess; dukedom

Word Origin for duchy

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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