mar·​che·​sa | \ mär-ˈkā-zə How to pronounce marchesa (audio) \
plural marchese\ mär-​ˈkā-​(ˌ)zā How to pronounce marchese (audio) \

Definition of marchesa

: an Italian woman holding the rank of a marchese : marchioness

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Recent Examples on the Web The marchesa was painted in her prime by Giovanni Boldini in 1908; the bold brush strokes, confident pose and penetrating gaze perfectly sum up a woman whose aim in life was to be nothing less than a work of art. Cath Pound, New York Times, "When the Old Masters Were the P.R. Agents of the Rich and Powerful," 14 Mar. 2018 At the request of Les Modes, a French fashion magazine, Boldini’s painting of the marchesa was exhibited at the couturier Jacques Doucet’s fashion house in Paris, with his creations displayed around it. Cath Pound, New York Times, "When the Old Masters Were the P.R. Agents of the Rich and Powerful," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of marchesa

1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marchesa

Italian, feminine of marchese

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“Marchesa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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