arch·​duch·​ess | \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈdə-chəs How to pronounce archduchess (audio) \

Definition of archduchess

1 : the wife or widow of an archduke
2 : a woman having in her own right a rank equal to that of an archduke

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Recent Examples on the Web The formidable archduchess, by then nearly 50, had also grown up in Bavaria, but fought tooth and nail to impose her will on the Austrian court. National Geographic, "Life for this Bavarian princess was no fairy tale," 14 May 2019 Such was Sophie’s power that less than a year after the wedding, when Elisabeth gave birth to her first daughter, the archduchess insisted the child be named for her. National Geographic, "Life for this Bavarian princess was no fairy tale," 14 May 2019 Following the birth of Sisi’s second daughter, Gisela, the archduchess asserted control again—but this time Sisi stood up to her. National Geographic, "Life for this Bavarian princess was no fairy tale," 14 May 2019 Sarah Lipinski, a 26-year-old accountant, remembers sitting on a bench at the Clark and nursing her then 4-month-old daughter, Nadia, while the tour guide provided insights on a 1604 portrait of an Austrian archduchess. Polya Lesova, WSJ, "At Museum ‘Stroller Tours,’ Babies Cry, Nap and Admire Kandinsky," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of archduchess

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for archduchess

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

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“Archduchess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of archduchess

: a princess of the royal family of Austria
: the wife or widow of an archduke

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