Green’s Dictionary of Slang

duchess n.1

[play on SE]

1. [late 17C–18C] a woman, esp. when good-looking, even showy [the image of a duchess as an imposing figure].

2. [early 18C–19C] an old woman.

3. [late 18C] a prostitute.

4. [19C+] a general term of address to a woman.

5. [1900s] (Aus.) a procuress, a brothel-keeper.

6. [late 19C–1900s] one’s mother.

7. [1920s+] a woman who is making money in films.

8. [1970s] an ageing, affected male homosexual.

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