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archduchess

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noun arch·duch·ess \-ˈdə-chəs\

Simple Definition of archduchess

  • : a princess of the royal family of Austria

  • : the wife or widow of an archduke

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of archduchess

  1. 1 :  the wife or widow of an archduke

  2. 2 :  a woman having in her own right a rank equal to that of an archduke

Origin and Etymology of archduchess

French archiduchesse, feminine of archiduc archduke, from Middle French archeduc


First Known Use: 1555


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