Duchess vs Princess what difference

what is difference between Duchess and Princess

English

Alternative forms

  • dutchess (archaic)

Etymology

From Middle English duchesse, from Old French duchesse.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʌt͡ʃɪs/, /ˈdʌt͡ʃəs/

Noun

duchess (plural duchesses)

  1. The wife or widow of a duke.
    • 2012, Caroline Davies, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce they are expecting first baby (in The Guardian, 3 December 2012)[1]
      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have ended months of intense speculation by announcing they are expecting their first child, but were forced to share their news earlier than hoped because of the Duchess’s admission to hospital on Monday.
  2. The female ruler of a duchy.

Derived terms

Related terms

  • duchesse lace, duchesse
  • duchesse potatoes

Translations

Verb

duchess (third-person singular simple present duchesses, present participle duchessing, simple past and past participle duchessed)

  1. (Australia, informal) to court or curry favour for political or business advantage; to flatter obsequiously.
    • 1996, Shane Maloney, The Brush-Off, 2003, page 46,
      ‘A word to the wise, Murray. Those wogs you′ve been duchessing at Ethnic Affairs have got nothing on the culture vultures. Tear the flesh right off your bones, they will.’
    • 2004, Humphrey McQueen, A New Britannia, Fourth Edition, page 66,
      The traditional version of Hughes′ decision to introduce conscription gives central importance to his visit to London in April 1916 where it is alleged he was duchessed and deceived concerning recruitment figures.


English

Etymology

From Middle English princesse, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman princesse, Old French princesse, corresponding to prince +‎ -ess.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹɪnˈsɛs/, /ˈpɹɪnsɛs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɪnsɛs/, /ˈpɹɪnsɪs/

Noun

princess (plural princesses)

  1. A female member of a royal family other than a queen, especially a daughter or granddaughter of a monarch. [from 14th c.]
  2. A woman or girl who excels in a given field or class. [from 14th c.]
  3. (now archaic) A female ruler or monarch; a queen. [from 15th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.12:
      And running all with greedie ioyfulnesse / To faire Irena, at her feet did fall, / And her adored with due humblenesse, / As their true Liege and Princesse naturall []
  4. The wife of a prince; the female ruler of a principality. [from 15th c.]
    Princess Grace was the Princess of Monaco.
  5. A young girl; used as a term of endearment. [from 18th c.]
  6. (derogatory, chiefly US) A young girl or woman (or less commonly a man) who is vain, spoiled or selfish; a prima donna. [from 20th c.]
  7. A tinted crystal marble used in children’s games.
  8. A type of court card in the Tarot pack, coming between the 10 and the prince (Jack).
  9. A female lemur.

Usage notes

  • A princess is usually styled “Her Highness”. A princess in a royal family is “Her Royal Highness”; in an imperial family “Her Imperial Highness”.

Coordinate terms

  • prince

Derived terms

Related terms

  • princely
  • principality

Translations

See also

  • archduchess
  • duchess
  • grand duchess
  • highness
  • royal

Anagrams

  • Crespins, crispens

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