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duchesse Syllabification: duch·esse
Pronunciation: /d(y)o͞oˈSHes/

Definition of duchesse in English:


1 (also duchesse satin) A soft, heavy, glossy kind of satin, usually of silk.
Example sentences
  • Her duchesse satin jacket has the potential to be one of the hits of the collection.
  • The bride, given in marriage by her father Nickey, looked radiant in an ivory strapless duchesse satin dress with beaded neckline.
  • The makers of white duchesse satin are upping production.
2A chaise longue resembling two armchairs linked by a stool.
3 (also duchesse dressing table) A dressing table with a pivoting mirror.
Example sentences
  • I saw my self-esteem fading as I angled the duchesse mirror to contemplate the horror of my decayed teeth.


Late 18th century (sense 2): from French, literally 'duchess'.

Words that rhyme with duchesse

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