Duchess

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Duchess Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • the wife of a duke or a woman holding ducal title in her own right

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  • the wife of a duke or a woman holding ducal title in her own right

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Duchess Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A Duke is someone part of nobility. In monarchies, like the UK, the title has legal status, and is inherited in the male line.

The first English dukes were created by Edward III in 1337, when he gave his eldest son, Edward, the Black Prince, the title of Duke of Cornwall.

Dukes are formally referred to as 'The Duke of (place name)', and addressed as "Your Grace". On State occasions, dukes rank below Royal Dukes, and above Earls. This is called the order of precedence, because in procession to the opening Parliament, or on other state occasions, they walk in order of their rank.

The office or position of a duke is called a dukedom.



Duchess Sample Sentences in News


  • Spain’s Duchess of Alba, noblewoman with flair, dies in Seville at 88
    The duchess fascinated Spaniards with her profusion of noble titles, wealth and eccentricity. Read more on this news related to 'Duchess'
  • Duchess Kate launches fundraiser for new children's hospice facility
    The Duchess of Cambridge has long been committed to children's hospice facilities, and now she's continuing her efforts to benefit ailing children and their families by launching a hospice fundraiser. Read more on this news related to 'Duchess'
  • Kate, Duchess of Cambridge left in tears after meeting grieving mother
    The Duchess of Cambridge became tearful after being told of the death of Leigh Smith's baby daughter Beatrice (right) last January. She was helping to launch a charity appeal in Norfolk. Read more on this news related to 'Duchess'

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