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duch·ess  audio  (dchs) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The wife or widow of a duke.
  2. A woman holding title to a duchy in her own right.
  3. Abbr. D. Used as the title for such a noblewoman.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English duchesse, from Old French, from Medieval Latin ducissa, from Latin dux, duc-, leader ; see duke


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