• WordNet 3.6
    • n duchess the wife of a duke or a woman holding ducal title in her own right
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Author Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who sometimes wrote under the name "The Duchess," observed in her novel "Molly Bawn" that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." The phrase has passed into the English language.
    • n Duchess The wife or widow of a duke; also, a lady who has the sovereignty of a duchy in her own right.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n duchess The consort or widow of a duke, or a woman who holds the sovereignty or titles of a duchy.
    • n duchess A variety of roofing-slate two feet long and one foot wide.
    • n duchess A part of ladies' head-dress in the seventeenth century, apparently a knot of ribbon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Duchess the consort or widow of a duke
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.”
  • Lewis Carroll
    “If everybody minded their own business, the Duchess said in a hoarse growl, the world would go round a deal faster than it does.”
  • Horace Walpole
    “It was said of old Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, that she never puts dots over her I s, to save ink.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. duchesse, fr. duc, duke


In literature:

Tassino lived in rooms next to her own, and rode out with the duchess on pillion behind him.
"Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497" by Julia Mary Cartwright
He had come to Konopisht, where the girl was visiting the Duchess of Hohenberg, who had been a childhood friend of her mother's.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
These parties begin as soon as the Duchess leaves London, and last till the October meetings.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
He portrayed the Duchess Johanna Elizabetha, a Princess of Baden-Durlach by birth.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
The beautiful Duchess Antonia, whose neck and shoulders were the despair of Paris!
"The Immortal" by Alphonse Daudet
But the dear old duchess always likes to be 'in the know' and to sample everything.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
She went home to Heron's Nest a duchess in embryo.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
If you were a duchess or a millionaire's wife, of course it would be different.
"Vixen, Volume III." by M. E. Braddon
I am going to return this packet to its rightful owner, the Grand Duchess Theodorica of Esthonia.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
The Duchess looked puzzled.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Kings and cardinals slept on mattresses, princesses and duchesses on straw.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
"Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
The duchess conducted him to a room where four new personages awaited him.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
"Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
While the Duchess Margaret was in her way equally charming, she was not of such a heavenly gravity as her little comrade.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
Furthermore, the Queen was very much exercised over the rumor that the Grand Duchess Alexandra was to be present.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
It contained an urgent invitation from the Duchess of Suffolk to visit her at her little villa at Kingston-on-Thames.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
The Duchess of Cleveland cast her eyes upon him, and was pleased with his appearance.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
For market I prefer Missouri Pippin and Ben Davis, and for family orchard would add Duchess of Oldenburg.
"The Apple" by Various
Count Saxe's belongings always seemed to be swearing at those of the dead and gone duchess.
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell

In poetry:

So you, O nameless Duchess who die young,
Meet death somewhat lovingly
And I am filled with a pity of beholding skulls.
There was no pride like yours.
"Horatian Epode To The Duchess Of Malfi" by Allen Tate
And Hop-o'-my-Thumb, whose influence in high places
Was certain to prevail,
Made the kind Ogress, who had hidden and fed them,
Duchess of Draggletail.
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
Women understand this.
One is not duchess
A hundred yards from a carriage.
These, then are portraits:
A black vestibule;
A high bed sheltered by curtains.
"Theory" by Wallace Stevens
We quiz the company and praise the rout;
Are polished, petulant, malicious, sly,
Or what you will, so reputations die.
Observe the Duchess in Venetian lace,
With the red eminence.
"The Pierrot Of The Minute" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
"This Duchess -- I ain't quite sure uv 'er rank;
She might 'ave been a Peeress. I dunno.
I meets 'er 'usband first. 'E owns a bank,
I 'eard, an' 'arf a dozen mints or so.
A dinkum toff. 'E sez, 'Come 'ome with me An' 'ave some tea.'
"A Digger's Tale" by C J Dennis
"My oath!" the Duchess sez. "You'd not ixpect
Sich things as that. Yeh don't mean kangaroos?
Go hon!" she sez, or words to that effect --
(It's 'ard to imitate the speech they use)
I tells 'er, 'Straight; I drives 'em four-in-'and 'Ome in my land.'
"A Digger's Tale" by C J Dennis

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