marchioness


mar·chio·ness

noun \ˈmär-sh(ə-)nəs\

Definition of MARCHIONESS

1
:  the wife or widow of a marquess
2
:  a woman who holds the rank of marquess in her own right

Origin of MARCHIONESS

Medieval Latin marchionissa, from marchion-, marchio marquess, from marca
First Known Use: 1570

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