Definition of duchy in English:

duchy

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌtʃi
 
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noun (plural duchies)

  • 1The territory of a duke or duchess; a dukedom.
    More 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.
  • 1.1 (the Duchy) The royal dukedom of Cornwall or Lancaster.

Origin

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

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