\ 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 In 1906, Finland, then a duchy of Russia, was the first country to give women full political rights to both vote and run for office. Naomi Moriyama And William Doyle, CNN, 8 Mar. 2022 Apparently, Madeline doesn’t want to give her duchy a heads up before popping over to the Parisian office. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 24 Dec. 2021 The duchy and the title, Duke of Cornwall, has been passed down to the heir to the throne ever since. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 This is currently Prince Charles, who is the longest serving Duke since the duchy was created in 1337. CNN, 4 Nov. 2021 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, 31 Aug. 2021 Krieps, who now mostly lives in Berlin with her two children, said that her desire for self-effacement was largely rooted in her upbringing in Luxembourg, a tiny duchy squeezed between Belgium, France and Germany. New York Times, 28 July 2021 The story is set in 1619, in the German duchy of Württemberg. Wyatt Mason, WSJ, 4 June 2021 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, 25 Feb. 2021 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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