ma·​quis | \ ma-ˈkē How to pronounce maquis (audio) , mä- \
plural maquis\ ma-​ˈkē(z) How to pronounce maquis (audio) , mä-​ \

Definition of maquis

1 : thick scrubby evergreen underbrush of Mediterranean shores also : an area of such underbrush
2 often capitalized
a : a guerrilla fighter in the French underground during World War II
b : 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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First Known Use of maquis

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maquis

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

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“Maquis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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