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Meaning of duchess by Wiktionary Dictionary


    The Duchess Anna Amalia von Weimar ( 1795 ).


    • IPA: /ˈdʌ.tʃəs/, X-SAMPA: /"dV.tS@s/


    duchess ( plural: duchesses )

    1. The female spouse or widow of a duke .
    2. The female ruler of a duchy ( where women can reign ) .

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    duchess ( third-person singular simple present duchesses present participle duchessing, simple past and past participle duchessed )

    1. ( UK, informal ) to court or curry favour for political or business advantage; to flatter obsequiously.

Explanation of duchess by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the wife of a duke or a woman holding ducal title in her own right

    Definition of duchess by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Duchess n. [F. duchesse, fr. duc duke.] The wife or widow of a duke; also, a lady who has the sovereignty of a duchy in her own right.