duch·​ess | \ˈdə-chəs \

Definition of duchess 

1 : the wife or widow of a duke

2 : a woman who holds the rank of duke in her own right

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Ross also predicts the duchesses to make understated fashion choices at the wedding. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "There’s another royal wedding coming up: Princess Eugenie’s," 5 Oct. 2018 Her father’s close friend was the editor of an important Viennese newspaper, and Ms. Faber says that Kallmus’s transition from photographing Jewish professors to shooting publicity-hungry Catholic duchesses may have been aided by the relationship. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Faces of Old Vienna," 12 July 2018 Even with Kate out of the picture, the Ascot wasn't short on duchesses today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Givenchy Again at Her First Royal Ascot," 19 June 2018 The fact that a woman of Meghan’s background can become a royal duchess makes the House of Windsor a lottery rather than a cabal. Daisy Goodwin, Time, "How Meghan Markle Is Giving the Royal Family the Shake-Up It Needs," 17 May 2018 Astor is a 95-year-old, 86-foot-long racing sailboat with the power and stamina to sail around the globe with the style and grace of a duchess. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Teak performance: Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival cruises in this weekend," 8 June 2018 The duchess chose a Stephen Jones hat to complete the look, a label that is fast becoming Markle’s go-to milliner. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex Wears Dior for RAF Centennial Celebrations," 10 July 2018 Even before becoming a duchess, anything worn by the former Suits star had garnered an incredible amount of attention. refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle’s Favorite Jewelry Brand Gets Real About How She Affects Business," 8 July 2018 The duchess is not yet a British citizen, so she’s not allowed to vote regardless. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "What Things Will Meghan Markle Have to Give Up to Be Royal?," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of duchess

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for duchess

Middle English duchesse, from Anglo-French, from duc duke

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English Language Learners Definition of duchess

: the wife or widow of a duke

: a woman who has the same rank as a duke


duch·​ess | \ˈdə-chəs \

Kids Definition of duchess

1 : the wife or widow of a duke

2 : a woman who has the same rank as a duke

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