noun (plural duchies) Etymology: Middle English duche, from Anglo-French duché, from duc Date: 14th century 1. the territory of a duke or duchess ; dukedom 2. special domain

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  • Duchy — Duch y (d[u^]ch [y^]), n.; pl. {Duchies}. [F. duch[ e], OF. duch[ e]e, (assumed) LL. ducitas, fr. L. dux. See {Duke}.] The territory or dominions of a duke; a dukedom. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • duchy — mid 14c., territory ruled by a duke or duchess, from O.Fr. duché (12c.), from M.L. ducatus, from L. dux (see DUKE (Cf. duke) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • duchy — ► NOUN (pl. duchies) ▪ the territory of a duke or duchess. ORIGIN Old French duche, from Latin dux leader …   English terms dictionary

  • duchy — [duch′ē] n. pl. duchies [ME & OFr duchee < LL ducatus, military command, territory of a duke < L dux: see DUCT] the territory ruled by a duke or duchess; dukedom …   English World dictionary

  • Duchy — A duchy is a territory, fief, or domain ruled by a duke or duchess. Some duchies were sovereign in areas that would become unified realms only during the Modern era (such as Germany and Italy). In contrast, others were subordinate districts of… …   Wikipedia

  • duchy — /duch ee/, n., pl. duchies. the territory ruled by a duke or duchess. [1350 1400; ME duche < MF duche; AF, OF duchié < ML ducatus; LL, L: the rank or functions of a DUX; see DUKE, ATE3] * * * (as used in expressions) Grand Duchy of Luxembourg… …   Universalium

  • duchy — [[t]dʌ̱tʃi[/t]] duchies N COUNT: oft the N of n A duchy is an area of land that is owned or ruled by a duke. ...the Duchy of Cornwall …   English dictionary

  • duchy — arch·duchy; duchy; …   English syllables

  • duchy — UK [ˈdʌtʃɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms duchy : singular duchy plural duchies an area of land belonging to a duke or duchess …   English dictionary

  • duchy — Synonyms and related words: Kreis, ally, archbishopric, archdiocese, archduchy, archdukedom, arrondissement, bailiwick, bishopric, body politic, borough, buffer state, canton, captive nation, chieftaincy, chieftainry, city, city state, colony,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • duchy — n. (pl. ies) 1 the territory of a duke or duchess; a dukedom. 2 (often as the Duchy) the royal dukedom of Cornwall or Lancaster, each with certain estates, revenues, and jurisdiction of its own. Etymology: ME f. OF ducheacute(e) f. med.L ducatus… …   Useful english dictionary

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