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duchessduch‧ess /ˈdʌtʃɪs/ noun [countable]  PGOa woman with the highest social rank outside the royal family, or the wife of a duke the Duchess of York
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duchessI say you will live one day like a duchess, because this is what you deserve.King Charles, not to be outdone, then made the abandoned wife a duchess, the title to die with her.Remember, I can make you a duchess one day.Anne Mowbray was bride, duchess, virgin, the richest heiress in the land.Or, as the Palace will no doubt be recommending to the duchess in due course ... take a running jump.Her heart was touched by what the duchess had offered her and by what had been asked of herself in return.The duchess was charming, gracious, intelligent.
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