arch·​duchy (ˌ)ärch-ˈdə-chē How to pronounce archduchy (audio)
: the territory of an archduke or archduchess

Word History


French archiduché, from Middle French archeduché, from arche- arch- + duché duchy

First Known Use

1680, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of archduchy was in 1680

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Cite this Entry

“Archduchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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