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

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The duchess, who recently gave birth, did not meet with Trump during his state visit. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Media misinterpreted ‘nasty’ remark about Meghan Markle, Trump says," 5 June 2019 The mother this time was the duchess of Cambridge, in a simple red dress with a round collar in lacy white. Laura Collins-hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "‘That Kind of Mother’ is an absorbing, frustrating story of race, class, and motherhood," 2 May 2018 The duchess and her husband welcomed baby Archie into the world last month. Max Foster, CNN, "Meghan at Trooping the Colour in first royal engagement since giving birth," 8 June 2019 Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, wore a primrose yellow wool silk tailored coat by the house of Alexander McQueen and large hat with a flower tucked under the brim on one side. Washington Post, "It’s all about the well-plumed hats for royal wedding guests," 19 May 2018 The duchess arrived with her husband, Prince William, who looked sharp in a three-piece suit, hat, and umbrella. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Pink Alexander McQueen Look at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party with the Queen," 21 May 2019 In a further nod to their royal wedding last summer, People reports, the duchess chose a white dress by her wedding gown designer, Givenchy. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Pose for First Photos of the Royal Baby," 8 May 2019 This year, the duchess opted for a bespoke, emerald green coat from Alexander McQueen, according to Kate fashion-focused Twitter account @KateMCambridge. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wears Custom Alexander McQueen for St. Patrick's Day," 17 Mar. 2019 Quiet and unassuming Doria, who likes to remain out of her daughter’s duchess spotlight as much as possible, inadvertently sparked the fiction book back in November last year. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "A Romance Novel Based on Meghan Markle's Mother, Doria Ragland, Really is Coming Soon," 12 Apr. 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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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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