mar·​quee | \ mär-ˈkē How to pronounce marquee (audio) \

Definition of marquee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly British : a large tent set up for an outdoor party, reception, or exhibition
2a : 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.



Definition of marquee (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of marquee in a Sentence

Noun She dreamed of seeing her name on the theater marquee.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Pontiac marquee came into being in 1926, when General Motors determined that the price gap between its Chevrolet and Oakland cars was too wide. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "The Classics:1931 Pontiac a big six with 60 horsepower," 10 Jan. 2020 The grumpiness includes Kansas, where the Jayhawks’ marquee Big 12 opener against resurgent West Virginia is on ESPN+. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Big 12 basketball preview: 7 storylines to watch as conference play begins," 4 Jan. 2020 The Bees are responsible for one of those losses, handing Mentor a 94-81 defeat Friday in Medina, moving up to third in the rankings after the marquee win. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Medina marches up boys basketball Top 25," 23 Dec. 2019 The Dodgers, in an effort to get over the hump, were expected to be in on marquee free agents Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Clayton Kershaw: 'It'd be great' to play with Madison Bumgarner; shocked by Astros allegations," 14 Dec. 2019 Michigan-Ohio State shares the marquee with Wisconsin’s road test against Minnesota for the Big Ten West title. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football predictions: Will Michigan stun Ohio State? Who wins the West?," 28 Nov. 2019 The theater marquees have replaced the original Harry Potter and the Cursed Child signs with new ones that are more in keeping with American illustrator Mary GrandPré’s original title designs, as were also used for all of the Harry Potter films. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "J.K. Rowling sends internet into a frenzy with mysterious Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tweet," 5 Sep. 2019 Outside the building, near the marquee reminding parents to register children for school, a group of people sobbed and hugged one another. Rosa Flores And Chelsea J. Carter, CNN, "Family and friends gather to wait for news of missing loved ones in the El Paso shooting," 4 Aug. 2019 As major tours increasingly dropped tertiary markets, there’ve been significantly less marquee concerts here than the city’s ’70s, ’80s glory days. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Here are Alabama’s Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The games would be the most marquee matchup of NBA teams in China, aiming to symbolize China's growing importance to the game. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "NBA Cancels Community Events in China as Controversy Over Hong Kong Tweet Escalates," 9 Oct. 2019 One potential lure back to Washington would be marquee hearings, though Republican committee chairs control the scheduling. Tal Kopan,, "Kamala Harris among three 2020 candidates who have missed half of Senate votes," 8 Oct. 2019 The 2020 fight in Texas will include two marquee North Texas races. Dallas News, "With Trump at the top of the ticket, Republicans, Democrats prepare for epic 2020 Texas fight," 5 July 2019 The marquee Republican primary contest is taking place in St. Mary’s County. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "State House primary races in Maryland show progressive discontent," 22 June 2018 Gigabit Internet has become the marquee speed target for Internet providers over the past few years. Mike Freeman,, "Cox, Spectrum upgrade networks to bring gigabit Internet speeds to San Diego," 11 July 2018 The Golden Eagles also have scheduled marquee home games against Kansas State (Dec. 1) and Wisconsin (Dec. 8). Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New arena wows Marquette men's basketball players, coaches," 3 May 2018 And marquee Republican challengers are stepping up to run for the Senate, even as House GOP retirements pile up. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump gets schooled in Syria on how much his words matter," 9 Apr. 2018 This marked one of the lighter moments in the fight for House District 99, which has become a costly, marquee battle, pitting two men whose families have been longtime friends. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Ruh Roh. This Texas election went to the dogs | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of marquee


1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marquee

Noun and Adjective

modification of French marquise, literally, marchioness

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The first known use of marquee was in 1690

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Marquee.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of marquee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of marquee (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal : very popular and well known

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