duchess

Definitions

Politics

  • noun the wife of a man who holds the title of duke

Slang

  • noun a woman, usually one’s wife. The image is of a dignified, respectable female who is no longer young. This cockney usage is still in evidence although roughly a century old. The word is either a straightforward simile or a shortening of a rhyming-slang phrase, ‘Duchess of Fife’: wife.
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