\ˈdə-chē \
plural duchies

Definition of duchy 

1 : the territory of a duke or duchess : dukedom

2 : special domain

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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 But Professor Leadon, for the time being, ended his book in Marble Hill, which is flanked on three sides by the Bronx and on the fourth by the Harlem River, which carved that 93-acre duchy away from its original home borough. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Untrodden Broadway: The Hidden Gems of a World-Famous Street," 14 June 2018 Richard would get Aquitaine, and Geoffrey would marry the only daughter and heir of the Duke of Brittany and eventually inherit the duchy. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Eleanor of Aquitaine," 4 Apr. 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 The Left’s opposition to doing things like helping poor black kids from Washington attend better schools is similarly rooted in revulsion to free-market alternatives to political duchies. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Will the Liberals Take the Lead on Trade?," 25 Jan. 2018 In 2016, the duchy received more than $130,000 in European Union subsidies. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "‘Brexit’ Threatens Subsidies for U.K.’s Landed Gentry, and Queen," 3 Sep. 2017

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

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