\ ˈdə-chē How to pronounce duchy (audio) \
plural duchies

Definition of duchy

1 : the territory of a duke or duchess : dukedom
2 : special domain

Examples of duchy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The capital overlooks the great lake of Seidhe Llygad and with its white marble and ivory exteriors, the city stands as a beacon for the duchy. Shelly Tan, Washington Post, "Five sensational vacation destinations from the virtual worlds of video games," 25 Feb. 2021 Taccola also offered his devices as aids for the politically worthy, condemning all sorts of power grabs, from expansionism, notably in the land-greedy duchy of Milan, to church attempts to dominate secular rulers. Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, "When Engineers Were Humanists," 23 Feb. 2021 Queen Charlotte—the princess of a German duchy who married King George III in the mid-18th century—is thought to have introduced the first Christmas tree to the royal household. Travel, "Why do we have Christmas trees? The surprising history behind this holiday tradition.," 30 Dec. 2020 Brandon, who had only been granted his duchy a year previous by Henry VIII, was sent to France following the king's death as an ambassador for Henry VIII's court, tacitly to offer his congratulations Louis's successor, Francis I. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Was Henry VIII's Sister Mary Tudor, Queen of France?," 26 Oct. 2020 During the outing, the first official royal engagement he's ever undertaken in his duchy of Dalarna, Prince Gabriel went to work painting a birdhouse that will be displayed in the nature reserve. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Gabriel of Sweden Turns 3 — and He Can't Wait to Dig into His Birthday Cake!," 31 Aug. 2020 When Charles becomes king, the duchy will pass to William. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Went on a Vacation to This Charming British Isle," 3 Aug. 2020 That duchy includes extensive property holdings that yielded $28 million last year, some $6.5 million of which went to his sons, William and Harry. TheWeek, "How the Royals get their money," 2 Feb. 2020 And what happens when Prince William inevitably takes over the duchy? Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Harry & Meghan's exit: Will they lose their titles and other burning questions answered," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of duchy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for duchy

Middle English duche, from Anglo-French duché, from duc

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“Duchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duchy. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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: an area of land that is controlled by a duke or duchess

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