grand duchy


: the territory or dominion of a grand duke or grand duchess

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto was written in the glory days of Imperial Russia — an empire that included Finland as a grand duchy subjected, by the time Sibelius’s Second Symphony premiered in 1902, to severe policies of Russification. Joshua Barone, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2023 Europe has 12 remaining monarchies, including three principalities and a grand duchy. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1669, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grand duchy was in 1669

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“Grand duchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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