Definition of duchy in US English:



  • The territory of a duke or duchess; a dukedom.

    • ‘He was seen as bringing glory to the duchy and the Duke was active in getting important commissions for him, as well as using his paintings as political gifts.’
    • ‘Louis XII became king of France in 1498 and, being a descendant of the first duke of Milan, he claimed the duchy.’
    • ‘She's a duchess of a duchy north of here, called Mordalia.’
    • ‘A beautiful, headstrong, and feisty young woman, she was the heiress to the duchy of Hilos, one of the richest provinces.’
    • ‘This rival claim, coupled with Normandy's long land frontier, meant that the duchy remained the most vulnerable part of his empire.’
    • ‘The Carolingian empire was divided into many smaller kingdoms and duchies.’
    • ‘In the wake of the Napoleonic wars Italy was divided into a patchwork of kingdoms and duchies.’
    • ‘While Eleanor was to have Aquitaine in her own right, the son of that marriage would inherit both the kingdom and the duchy, doubling the royal holdings.’
    • ‘Prior to this, the peninsula consisted of often mutually antagonistic kingdoms, duchies, city-states, and principalities.’
    • ‘Although he distinguished himself in the fighting, the French were chased out of their Italian territories including the duchy of Milan which Louis XII had ruled since 1499.’
    • ‘Charles of Orleans, the son of Valentina Visconti and the assassinated duke, laid claim to various territories in northwestern Italy, including the duchy of Milan.’
    • ‘The third lion was added by King Henry II to represent the duchy his wife, Eleanor, came from and is called Aquitaine.’
    • ‘We can't risk war between the duchy and the kingdom.’
    • ‘Although a significant portion of the duchy's lands was in the county of Cornwall, the two are not geographically the same.’
    • ‘Perhaps only in Urbino does one pick up the same sense, in Italy, of absolute power in a confined space: this is a duchy that made a virtue of containment, a secret garden in the demesne of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.’
    • ‘Lorraine, an independent duchy embedded in French territory and occupied and exploited by the French ever since 1670 in the hope of ultimate annexation, had to be given up.’
    • ‘Turin had been the capital of the duchy of Savoy, but became the capital of the kingdom of Sardinia in 1720, sixteen years before Lagrange's birth.’
    • ‘The duchy's pleasures have always been earned rather than dished out.’
    • ‘Bretons have their own language and customs, and until 1532 the province was an independent duchy.’
    • ‘Coburg and Gotha were the two towns in the former duchy of Saxen-Coburg and Gotha.’
    realm, domain, dominion, country, land, nation, state, sovereign state, province, territory
    View synonyms


Middle English: from Old French duche, from medieval Latin ducatus, from Latin dux, duc- (see duke).