ma·​quis ma-ˈkē How to pronounce maquis (audio)
plural maquis ma-ˈkē(z) How to pronounce maquis (audio)
: thick scrubby evergreen underbrush of Mediterranean shores
also : an area of such underbrush
often capitalized
: a guerrilla fighter in the French underground during World War II
: a band of maquis

Examples of maquis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coast is part of the Bandite di Scarlino Nature Reserve—with pristine Tuscan beaches and protected Mediterranean maquis scrub. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 29 May 2022 The Hanotte matriarch, Georgette, then dressed the men as coal merchants and guided them across the border into the hands of the local French maquis (resistance), who would get the officers to Dunkirk. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022

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Word History


French, from Italian macchie, plural of macchia thicket, sketch, spot

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of maquis was in 1829

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“Maquis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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