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

n., pl. -duch•ies.
the domain of an archduke or an archduchess.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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References in classic literature ?
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.
Years ago, in the Archduchy of Waldland, on a night when the winds were strong and the waves were high, a boy washed ashore in a small wooden chest.
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.