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 The duke and duchess of Sussex received a variety of gifts from the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on June 29. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry get dueling onesies from Red Sox, Yankees," 30 June 2019 Williams herself co-hosted the event with the duchess' longtime friend Genevieve Hillis at the Grand Penthouse of The Mark Hotel with guests including Amal Clooney, Gayle King, and more. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Is Flying to New York to Watch Serena Williams Play in the US Open," 6 Sep. 2019 According to the palace's source, this is a separate affair from the duchess' official duties of participating in a formal state visit. Max Foster, CNN, "Meghan at Trooping the Colour in first royal engagement since giving birth," 8 June 2019 British newspapers had fixated in recent days on whether the duchess’s father Thomas Markle, a 73-year-old retired Hollywood lighting director, would walk her down the aisle. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Gives British Pageantry a Modern Glow," 19 May 2018 The duchess reciprocated a similar post sent by Harry to mark her 38th birthday last month. Sarah Dean, CNN, "Meghan marks Prince Harry's birthday by posting previously unseen photo of Archie," 15 Sep. 2019 Over the weekend the duchess also supported another one of her besties, Serena Williams, at the 2019 U.S. Open. Neha Prakash, Allure, "Meghan Markle's Makeup Artist Just Revealed the Sweet Way She Surprised Him," 9 Sep. 2019 The duchess was pictured chatting with Vogue's Anna Wintour (who was seated behind her) and hugging Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan turns up at U.S. Open to watch pal Serena Williams try to make history," 7 Sep. 2019 The cover, photographed by Peter Lindbergh, features a composite of 15 women who inspire the duchess. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Honors Yara Shahidi, Laverne Cox, and More on British Vogue Cover," 29 July 2019

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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 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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