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duchy

[duhch-ee] /ˈdʌtʃ i/
noun, plural duchies.
1.
the territory ruled by a duke or duchess.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English duche < Middle French duche; Anglo-French, Old French duchié < Medieval Latin ducātus; Late Latin, Latin: the rank or functions of a dux; see duke, -ate3
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  • Originally part of the early medieval duchy of upper lorraine.
  • The city was elevated to capital of his powerful though shortlived duchy.
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duchy

/ˈdʌtʃɪ/
noun (pl) duchies
1.
the territory of a duke or duchess; dukedom
Word Origin
C14: from Old French duche, from ducduke
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Word Origin and History for duchy
n.

mid-14c., "territory ruled by a duke or duchess," from Old French duché (12c.), from Medieval Latin ducatus, from Latin dux (see duke (n.)).

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