duchess

noun
duch·​ess | \ ˈdə-chəs How to pronounce duchess (audio) \

Definition of duchess

1 : the wife or widow of a duke
2 : a woman who holds the rank of duke in her own right

Examples of duchess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meghan's victory included the court's order that the Mail on Sunday publish an apology to the duchess on its front page. USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2022 The duke and duchess’ 2019 holiday card featured an adorable photo of baby Archie crawling toward the camera. al, 23 Dec. 2021 The duchess was a Brownie herself as a child, and became a patron of the Scouts in 2012, according to People—so this is sure to have been a nostalgic day for her. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 2 Nov. 2021 On Tuesday, Morgan stormed off the set of the morning program after his co-anchor, Alex Beresford, accused him of having a vendetta against the duchess. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2021 One of Meghan's friends from college, producer and author Lindsay Roth, shared two throwback images of the duchess on Instagram: one from Roth's own wedding day and another from their college graduation at Northwestern University. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Mar. 2021 Silver Tree, a director and producer, shared multiple images of the duchess on Twitter and Instagram March 5. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 5 Mar. 2021 Despite her victory, the appeal case did not go entirely smoothly for the duchess. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 2 Dec. 2021 The Mail on Sunday will be expected to print a statement about the duchess’s legal victory on the front page and pay her legal costs. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 2 Dec. 2021

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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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“Duchess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duchess. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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duchess

noun

English Language Learners Definition of duchess

: the wife or widow of a duke
: a woman who has the same rank as a duke

duchess

noun
duch·​ess | \ ˈdə-chəs How to pronounce duchess (audio) \

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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