noun \ˈmär-kwəs\

: a British nobleman who has a rank that is below a duke and above an earl

plural mar·quess·es or mar·quis·es \-kwə-səz\ or mar·quis \-ˈkē(z)\

Full Definition of MARQUESS

:  a nobleman of hereditary rank in Europe and Japan
:  a member of the British peerage ranking below a duke and above an earl
mar·quess·ate \ˈmär-kwə-sət\ or mar·quis·ate \ˈmär-kwə-zət, -sət\ noun

Variants of MARQUESS

mar·quess or mar·quis \ˈmär-kwəs, mär-ˈkē\

Origin of MARQUESS

Middle English marquis, markis, from Anglo-French marquys, markys, from marche march
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

European title of nobility, ranking in modern times immediately below a duke and above a count or earl. The wife of a marquess is a marchioness or marquise. The term originally denoted a count holding a march, or mark (frontier district).

Variants of MARQUESS

marquess or marquis


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