\ 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 Germany was once a grab bag of principalities, duchies, and free cities, as well as juggernaut states such as Prussia. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Will the EU’s Genetic Flaw Lead to Its Demise?," 3 Jan. 2020 Its claim on the lands taken by Yermak and his Cossacks transformed Muscovy, a second-tier duchy, into the world’s largest continental empire. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019 Financial Times AROUND THE WATER COOLER Luxembourg Change Luxembourg’s finance industry is resurging, with Brexit providing a boost—some companies are choosing the tiny duchy as their new EU base, with London set to leave the bloc. David Meyer, Fortune, "The Dangers of Tech Firms’ Safe Harbor: CEO Daily," 12 Aug. 2019 From the 10th to the 13th century, the principality or duchy of Polotsk was the center of an early Slavic power, long before the rise of Muscovy, the precursor of modern Russia. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "As Putin Pushes a Merger, Belarus Resists With Language, Culture and History," 29 June 2019 So this toast is to wish a happy birthday to my son, in every respect a duchy original. Cierra Williams, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Gave a Touching Speech to Prince Charles at his 70th Birthday Party," 14 Nov. 2018 So this toast is to wish a happy birthday to my son, in every respect a duchy original. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Just Gave a Touching Toast to Her Son Prince Charles on His 70th Birthday," 14 Nov. 2018 After the Medicis died out (Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, who died in 1743, was the last direct heir), the duchy of Tuscany was given to Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, husband of the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa. Bloomberg, Fortune, "This Table Could Be Yours for $11.6 Million," 21 June 2018 Somewhere offscreen, the English army, in league with the duchy of Burgundy, is ravaging France in the late innings of the Hundred Years War. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "Before she was Joan of Arc," 9 May 2018

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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Duchy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duchy. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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

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