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duchy Syllabification: duch·y
Pronunciation: /ˈdəCHē/

Definition of duchy in English:

noun (plural duchies)

The territory of a duke or duchess; a dukedom.
Example sentences
  • Although he distinguished himself in the fighting, the French were chased out of their Italian territories including the duchy of Milan which Louis XII had ruled since 1499.
  • Lorraine, an independent duchy embedded in French territory and occupied and exploited by the French ever since 1670 in the hope of ultimate annexation, had to be given up.
  • He was seen as bringing glory to the duchy and the Duke was active in getting important commissions for him, as well as using his paintings as political gifts.


Middle English: from Old French duche, from medieval Latin ducatus, from Latin dux, duc- (see duke).

Words that rhyme with duchy

archduchy, touchy
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