mar·​chio·​ness | \ ˈmär-sh(ə-)nəs How to pronounce marchioness (audio) \

Definition of marchioness

1 : the wife or widow of a marquess
2 : a woman who holds the rank of marquess in her own right

Examples of marchioness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wife of a marquis, incidentally, is called a marchioness. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 14 Nov. 2020 Her closest friend was the adventurous Nadejda Mountbatten, marchioness of Milford Haven. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, 30 Sep. 2016 For women, the titles are: duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess, and baroness. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, 23 May 2018 The Queen can choose from five titles for a man -- duke, marquess, earl, viscount or baron -- and for a woman -- duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess and baroness. Angela Dewan, CNN, 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of marchioness

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for marchioness

Medieval Latin marchionissa, from marchion-, marchio marquess, from marca

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The first known use of marchioness was in 1570

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“Marchioness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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mar·​chio·​ness | \ ˈmär-shə-nəs How to pronounce marchioness (audio) \

Kids Definition of marchioness

1 : the wife or widow of a marquess
2 : a woman who holds the rank of a marquess in her own right


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