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Definition of duchess noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    duchess

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈdʌtʃəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌtʃəs//
     
     
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  1. 1the wife of a duke the Duchess of York
  2. 2a woman who has the rank of a duke
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin ducissa, from Latin dux, duc- ‘leader’; related to ducere ‘to lead’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: duchess