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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Recent Examples on the Web The duchess is seeking damages for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act. NBC News, "Meghan Markle loses first round of privacy lawsuit against British tabloid's publisher," 1 May 2020 According to Us Weekly, the duchess is planning her second cookbook and considering relaunching her lifestyle blog, The Tig, which was shut down when things became serious with Harry. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Is Reportedly Thinking About Relaunching The Tig," 27 Mar. 2020 The duchess is staying at an estate on Vancouver Island in Canada where the couple spent the Christmas holidays. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Harry and Meghan Give Up Royal Titles, Forgo State Funding," 18 Jan. 2020 The duchess is currently in the country with the couple's baby son, Archie. Stephanie Halasz And Jack Guy, CNN, "Who will pay for Harry and Meghan's security? Canada says discussions are underway," 14 Jan. 2020 Meghan and Harry brought legal action against Associated Newspapers for publishing a letter sent from the duchess to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Tabloid Lawsuit Hearing Being Held Remotely Next Week," 18 Apr. 2020 As noted by , , the charity which helps women return to work, has changed its description of the duchess on its website. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Isn't Referred to as "HRH" or "Royal" on the Smart Works Website Anymore," 22 Mar. 2020 The documents are a response to claims filed on behalf of the duchess in October. NBC News, "Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, could testify against her in U.K. suit," 15 Jan. 2020 To cure her transatlantic jet lag, Meghan and a friend headed to Modo Yoga in the West Village, an eco-conscious yoga studio and favorite of the duchess, People reports. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Takes a Public Yoga Class Shortly After Landing in New York City," 7 Sep. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duchess. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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


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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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