Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The wife or widow of an archduke.
  • noun A woman, especially an Austrian princess, holding an archduchy in her own right.
  • noun Used as a title for such a noblewoman.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The wife of an archduke; a princess of the reigning family of Austria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The consort of an archduke; also, a princess of the imperial family of Austria. See archduke.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A daughter or granddaughter of the Emperor of Austria-Hungary, or the wife of a son or grandson of the Emperor of Austria-Hungary

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a wife or widow of an archduke or a princess of the former ruling house of Austria

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French archiduchesse, feminine of archiduc, archduke; see archduke.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

arch- +‎ duchess.

Examples

  • The archduchess will be a precious guaranty to Napoleon, for he will feel convinced that the emperor will be unwilling to sacrifice his child, and this conviction will fill him with confidence and a feeling of security.

    Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia

  • The Spanish Illness Toulouse Valmorain arrived in Saint-Domingue in 1770, the same year the dauphin of France married the Austrian archduchess, Marie Antoinette.

    'Island Beneath the Sea'

  • Since Haydn was patronized by Marie-Antoinette's mother and the young archduchess grew up listening to his music, it is fitting to see her picture on the cover.

    A New CD

  • Since Haydn was patronized by Marie-Antoinette's mother and the young archduchess grew up listening to his music, it is fitting to see her picture on the cover.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Marie Antoinette, archduchess and queen; but I am also sorry for that poor

    Les Miserables

  • Vaenius relates how the archduchess Isabella suggested his earlier love emblems Amorum Emblemata, 1608 might be reworked 'in a spiritual and divine sense.'

    Amoris divini emblemata

  • The recent Coppola film has further damaged the image of the much-maligned, beautiful and charming Austrian archduchess, sent to France at age fourteen to marry the fifteen-year-old Dauphin.

    Archive 2007-10-21

  • The recent Coppola film has further damaged the image of the much-maligned, beautiful and charming Austrian archduchess, sent to France at age fourteen to marry the fifteen-year-old Dauphin.

    Marie-Antoinette: a reputation in shreds

  • While you can boast of your three overwhelming millions, we can only produce our poor one million, — a mere nothing in your eyes, though three times the dowry of an archduchess of Austria.

    A Marriage Contract

  • This is the moment when the 14-year-old Austrian archduchess was stripped naked to be handed over to the French and re-dressed.

    Sofia's Choice

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