duchess

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noun duch·ess \ˈdə-chəs\

Definition of duchess

  1. 1 :  the wife or widow of a duke

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

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Origin and Etymology of duchess

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


DUCHESS Defined for English Language Learners

duchess

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Definition of duchess for English Language Learners

  • : the wife or widow of a duke

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


DUCHESS Defined for Kids

duchess

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noun duch·ess \ˈdə-chəs\

Definition of duchess for Students

  1. 1 :  the wife or widow of a duke

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


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