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grand duchess

the wife or widow of a grand duke.
a woman who governs a grand duchy in her own right.
a daughter of a czar or of a czar's son.
Origin of grand duchess
1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Not long afterward I received a visit from a policeman, who said he had been sent by the grand-duchess.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • The grand-duchess was absent on a pilgrimage to Berdiczov, in fulfillment of a vow.

  • She virtually ruled these principalities herself, and as grand-duchess of Tuscany she enacted the part of a queen.

  • As he drew him forth in his promenade, he told him to prepare to be presented to the grand-duchess.

  • In a fresco on the ceiling of one of the private chambers, is a portrait of the late lamented grand-duchess.

    Pencillings by the Way N. Parker Willis
  • In any event, the grand-duchess happened to have for music-teacher a good-looking young German who took her fancy.

    Eden Edgar Saltus
  • The grand-duchess of somewhere did something, or didn't do it—I forget which—that was or was not "due to her."

  • However, to soothe my feelings I wrote a letter to the grand-duchess giving her a piece of my mind.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • In imagination she was a great lady, a grand-duchess perhaps, taking refreshment to a secret lover.

    Command William McFee
  • In 1838 he was given the title of grand-ducal councillor and appointed librarian to the grand-duchess.

British Dictionary definitions for grand-duchess

grand duchess

the wife or a widow of a grand duke
a woman who holds the rank of grand duke in her own right
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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