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[duhch-ee] /ˈdʌtʃ i/
noun, plural duchies.
the territory ruled by a duke or duchess.
Origin of duchy
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 Unabridged
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  • Baron Conon must wait, therefore, perhaps until the present elderly duke is dead and the duchy falls under feeble heirs.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • Paolo, taking possession of the duchy, assumes the title of governor.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • The third crown-land of Bohemia is the duchy of Silesia, with an area of 1,987 square miles.

  • And so, what man can do to stem the impending flood of this invasion, that will I do to defend your duchy.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • The collections of the Abbé, as may be anticipated, are of great value; they relate almost wholly to the history of the duchy.

British Dictionary definitions for duchy


noun (pl) duchies
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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