- the wife or widow of a .
- a woman who holds in her own right the sovereignty or titles of a duchy.
noun, plural du·chesses [French dy–shes] /French düˈʃɛs/. French Furniture.
- a daybed having a rounded, partially enclosed head and usually a similar foot, sometimes made in two or three pieces able to be used separately (duchesse brisée).
- the wife or widow of a duke
- a woman who holds the rank of duke in her own right
- Australian informal to overwhelm with flattering attention
- Australian and NZ a dressing table or chest of drawers with a mirror
c.1300, from Old French duchesse, from Late Latin or Medieval Latin ducissa, fem. of dux (see (n.)). Often spelled dutchess until early 19c. (e.g. Dutchess County, New York, U.S.).