[French dy-shes]
noun, plural duchesses [French dy-shes] . French Furniture.
a daybed having a rounded, partially enclosed head and usually a similar foot, sometimes made in two or three pieces able to be used separately (duchesse brisée)

1785–95; < French; see duchess

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duchesse (ˈdʌtʃɪs)
(Austral), (NZ) a dressing table or chest of drawers with a mirror

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Example sentences
The bride was dressed in white satin, the waist enriched with duchesse lace.
Over the combination corsage was worn an elegant fichu of duchesse lace, held
  by a valuable diamond breech, a gift of the groom.
The bodice was trimmed with duchesse lace and the bridal bouquet was of bride
The skirt had a tucked flounce and the bodice was fashioned with a yoke of
  duchesse lace.
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