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[French dy-shes] /French düˈʃɛs/
noun, plural duchesses
[French dy-shes] /French düˈʃɛs/ (Show IPA).
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 Unabridged
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  • 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 roses.
  • The skirt had a tucked flounce and the bodice was fashioned with a yoke of duchesse lace.
  • The bride's gown was of ivory white satin trimmed with duchesse lace.
British Dictionary definitions for duchesse


(Austral & NZ) a dressing table or chest of drawers with a mirror
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