from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The wife or widow of a duke.
- n. A woman holding title to a duchy in her own right.
- n. Used as the title for such a noblewoman.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The female spouse or widow of a duke.
- n. The female ruler of a duchy (where women can reign).
- v. to court or curry favour for political or business advantage; to flatter obsequiously.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The wife or widow of a duke; also, a lady who has the sovereignty of a duchy in her own right.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The consort or widow of a duke, or a woman who holds the sovereignty or titles of a duchy.
- n. A variety of roofing-slate two feet long and one foot wide.
- n. A part of ladies' head-dress in the seventeenth century, apparently a knot of ribbon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the wife of a duke or a woman holding ducal title in her own right
Middle English duchesse, from Old French, from Medieval Latin ducissa, from Latin dux, duc-, leader; see duke.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)