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marquee

noun mar·quee \ mär-ˈkē \

Definition of marquee

1 chiefly British : a large tent set up for an outdoor party, reception, or exhibition
2 a : a permanent canopy often of metal and glass projecting over an entrance (as of a hotel or theater)
  • The hotel doorman was stationed under the marquee.
b : a sign usually over the entrance of a theater or arena that displays the names of featured attractions and principal performers
  • The brightly lighted marquee displayed the title of the movie currently featured.

Examples of marquee in a Sentence

  1. She dreamed of seeing her name on the theater marquee.

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Origin and Etymology of marquee

modification of French marquise, literally, marchioness

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marquee

adjective

Definition of marquee

: having or associated with the name recognition and attraction of one whose name appears on a marquee : big-name, star
  • marquee athletes
  • marquee events

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Origin and Etymology of marquee


MARQUEE Defined for English Language Learners

marquee

noun

Definition of marquee for English Language Learners

  • : a covered structure over the entrance to a building (such as a hotel or theater)

  • : a sign over the entrance to a theater that shows the name of the show, movie, play, etc., and the names of the main performers

  • : a large tent that is set up for an outdoor event (such as a party)


marquee

adjective

Definition of marquee for English Language Learners

  • : very popular and well known



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