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  • n. Plural form of duchess.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of duchess.


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  • It was Mr Cecil who put them across, Mr Cecil who had cultivated acquaintance with half the fashionable women of London and New York, who called duchesses by their pet names and had actually come by a glossy magazine in which, against an article by himself on Designing for Our Fairy Tale Princess, someone had scribbled in pencil, ‘But he never has designed for me!’

    Tour de Force

  • (You changed the end of the second verse -- you said "countesses" instead of "duchesses" -- begin again.)

    The Martian

  • But our New York brummagem "duchesses" of yesterday are less liberal in their condescensions.

    The Arena Volume 4, No. 20, July, 1891

  • He did not cut down the shoots, spared the superfluous side branches, and, persisting in trying to lay the "duchesses" out in a square when they ought to go in a string on one side, he broke them or tore them down invariably.

    Bouvard and Pécuchet A Tragi-comic Novel of Bourgeois Life

  • The clothing of elite groups – fashionable merchants 'wives, duchesses with an eye for style – have survived in countless stately homes and museums.

    Threads of feeling

  • It was said (in Ireland at least) that while Proust wished to discuss duchesses, Joyce wished only to talk of chambermaids.

    Diaghilev: Lord of the dance

  • However, these unmarried princesses, countesses, duchesses and archduchesses had a special place in society.

    La Jeune fille à marier | Edwardian Promenade

  • Forever immortalized by the antics of the 5th Duke of Devonshire and his two 5th duchesses Georgiana and Elizabeth, Devonshire House remained largely the same as when that menagerie resided within its tony walls.

    Mansions of Mayfair | Edwardian Promenade

  • Yes, I understand that we treasure Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, but a royal family doesn't just have kings and queens -- it can also be filled with dukes and duchesses.

    Rick Sperling: Detroit Royalty at the Bob Evans

  • A closer look will show that label bloodline filled with more industry queens, princesses, and duchesses than any other, and a proven half-century of lady-centric executive leadership in Clive, Tommy, Donnie and Barry.

    Jeffrey Rabhan: Why Sony Music Should Only Release Solo Female Artists


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