mar·​che·​se mär-ˈkā-(ˌ)zā How to pronounce marchese (audio)
plural marchesi mär-ˈkā-(ˌ)zē How to pronounce marchese (audio)
: an Italian nobleman next in rank above a count : marquess

Examples of marchese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dessert options include butterscotch bamboloni or Peruvian chocolate marchese. Michael Mayo,, 1 Aug. 2019 The marchese created Sassicaia, a paradigm-breaking cabernet blend that proved greatness could be achieved in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2016

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Word History


Italian, from Medieval Latin marcensis, from marca border region, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German marha

First Known Use

1517, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marchese was in 1517

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“Marchese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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