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n. pl. arch·duch·ies
The territory over which an archduke or an archduchess has authority.

[French archiduché, from obsolete French archeduché : arche-, arch- (from Old French; see arch-1) + duché, duchy (from Old French duche; see duchy).]


n, pl -duchies
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the territory ruled by an archduke or archduchess


(ˈɑrtʃˈdʌtʃ i)

n., pl. -duch•ies.
the domain of an archduke or an archduchess.
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Noun1.archduchy - the domain controlled by an archduke or archduchess
demesne, domain, land - territory over which rule or control is exercised; "his domain extended into Europe"; "he made it the law of the land"
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In October, 1805, a Russian army was occupying the villages and towns of the Archduchy of Austria, and yet other regiments freshly arriving from Russia were settling near the fortress of Braunau and burdening the inhabitants on whom they were quartered.
When Hans learns the truth about his past, things change drastically for him and Angela, but they must still find a way to restore power to the rightful ruler of the Archduchy of Waldland.
Through the work of Rona Gordon, the confessional divisions in the Habsburg hereditary lands--specifically the archduchy of Austria below the Enns--have been analyzed in terms of the events surrounding the introduction of the Gregorian calendar.