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duchy Line breaks: duchy
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌtʃi/

Definition of duchy in English:

noun (plural duchies)

1The 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.
1.1 (the Duchy) The royal dukedom of Cornwall or Lancaster.


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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