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 also donned dainty stud earrings and a light pink manicure for the event. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Calvin Klein for a Gala Performance with Prince Harry," 12 Feb. 2019 Everyone started laughing—in good nature, of course—including the duchess, who gave a cool-as-a-cucumber response. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Someone Called Meghan Markle a 'Fat Lady,' and Her Response Was So Good," 16 Jan. 2019 In this holiday-focused film, two women who look exactly alike (one a baker, one a duchess, both played by Vanessa Hudgens) decide to swap places with each other just before Christmas. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 This isn't the duchess' first time wearing the designer during her royal career. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Is Covered in Sequins with a Stunning Roland Mouret Dress," 16 Jan. 2019 See below for 30 of the best hats and fascinators Camilla Parker Bowles has worn as a duchess and future Queen Consort. Marci Robin, Allure, "The 30 Best Fascinators and Hats Worn by Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall," 6 Aug. 2018 The duchess also gave a little peek into the lives of her three children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Says She's 'Absolutely' Excited for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry," 28 Nov. 2018 While on an official visit with Prince Harry to Loughborough, England, for the inaugural Coach Core Awards, the duchess wore her hair pin-straight for the first time — publicly, at least — since becoming a royal. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Meghan Markle Wore a Super-Straight Hairstyle for the First Time as a Duchess," 25 Sep. 2018 The duchess wore a custom olive green dress from Ralph Lauren for the christening of Prince Louis Monday at the Chapel Royal in St. James's Palace in London. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "All the details on Duchess Meghan's week of flawless fashion," 12 July 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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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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