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 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 The Queen, duchesses, and princesses alike have been lauded (and unfortunately, ridiculed) for their selection of headwear. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Match the Hat to the Royal?," 14 Sep. 2018 ACS International Schools was incorrectly called by its previous name, the American Community School, in a Mansion article Friday about Harry and Meghan, duke and duchess of Sussex. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 18 Dec. 2018 But instead of going on their honeymoon immediately afterward, the new duke and duchess of Sussex instead returned to London. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make First Official Post-Royal Wedding Appearance," 22 May 2018 As befitting a soon-to-be duke and duchess, the hotels are both five-star estates with luxurious spas, award-winning restaurants, and in the case of Harry’s hotel views of a polo field, perfect for working off any pre-wedding jitters. Melissa Locker, Time, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at the Cliveden House Hotel for the Royal Wedding," 18 May 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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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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