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

  • n. The territory over which an archduke or an archduchess has authority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The territority (principality) of an archduke
  • n. The archduchies Austria and Brabant (as well as its rival Gelre) claimed this rare, primordial vassalitic rank as the successors to the former Carolingian kingdom and first archduchy Lotharingia (the name later became Lorraine), which had been divided in an Upper - and a Lower dukedom within the Holy Roman Empire

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The territory of an archduke or archduchess.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The territory or rank of an archduke or archduchess.

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

  • n. the domain controlled by an archduke or archduchess


French archiduché, from obsolete French archeduché : arche-, arch- (from Old French; see arch-1) + duché, duchy (from Old French duche; see duchy).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French archiduché, from Middle French, itself from archi- ("arch-") < Latin archi- + duché ("duchy, dukedom") < Latin dux ("leader, commander, duke"). (Wiktionary)



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