Etymology
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duchess (n.)

"female sovereign of a duchy; consort or widow of a duke," c. 1300, from Old French duchesse, from Late Latin or Medieval Latin ducissa, fem. of dux "duke" (see duke (n.)). Often spelled dutchess until early 19c. (as in Dutchess County, New York, U.S.).

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Definitions of duchess

duchess (n.)
the wife of a duke or a woman holding ducal title in her own right;
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