One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A soft, heavy, glossy kind of satin, usually of silk.
- ‘The makers of white duchesse satin are upping production.’
- ‘Her duchesse satin jacket has the potential to be one of the hits of the collection.’
- ‘She shares her wedding album with writer Hamish Bowles, finally allowing an outsider to see her in her gown, an ivory duchesse satin dress with an hourglass corset bodice and crinoline skirts.’
- ‘The bride, given in marriage by her father Nickey, looked radiant in an ivory strapless duchesse satin dress with beaded neckline.’
- ‘Another unique characteristic is the emergence of shiny materials, such as satin, silk, shantung and duchesse.’
2A chaise longue resembling two armchairs linked by a stool.
3A dressing table with a pivoting mirror.
- ‘I saw my self-esteem fading as I angled the duchesse mirror to contemplate the horror of my decayed teeth.’
Late 18th century (in duchesse (sense 2)): from French, literally ‘duchess’.
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