Definitions for duchyˈdʌtʃ i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the territory ruled by a duke or duchess.
Origin of duchy:
1350–1400; ME duche < MF duche; AF, OF duchié < ML ducātus; LL, L: the rank or functions of a dux; see duke , -ate3
the domain controlled by a duke or duchess
A dominion or region ruled by a duke or duchess.
Origin: duche, from duché.
the territory or dominions of a duke; a dukedom
A duchy is a territory, fief, or domain ruled by a duke or duchess. The term is used almost exclusively in Europe, where the only remaining sovereign duchy is the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Some historic duchies were sovereign in areas that would become unified realms only during the Modern era, such as Germany and Northern Italy. In contrast, others were subordinate districts of those kingdoms that unified either partially or completely during the Medieval era, such as France, Spain, Sicily, Naples and the Papal States. In England, the term is used in respect of non-territorial entities.
Find a translation for the duchy definition in other languages:
Select another language: