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mar·​quee mär-ˈkē How to pronounce marquee (audio)
chiefly British : a large tent set up for an outdoor party, reception, or exhibition
: 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.
: 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.


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: 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
It was also hoped that potential marquee U.S. matchups against the likes of Brazil and Argentina could boost viewership of the tournament in a key market for the global growth of soccer. Guillermo Molero / Bloomberg, TIME, 11 July 2024 When the Little Art Theatre set out to land a $100,000 grant to fund a stylish new marquee, with a nod to its century-long history, the cozy Ohio arthouse theater had some talented help. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 8 July 2024
League-leaders Bayern Munich help kick off Saturday’s six-match slate before a pair of matches on Sunday, including a marquee matchup between Koln and Eintracht Frankfurt. Nick Hennion, Chicago Tribune, 10 Feb. 2023 Bergman will continue to have dominion over all of Disney’s marquee film stables, including Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Animation, 20th Century and Searchlight, as well as Disney Music Group and Disney Theatrical Group. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for marquee 

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Word History


Noun and Adjective

modification of French marquise, literally, marchioness

First Known Use


1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marquee was in 1690

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Cite this Entry

“Marquee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a large tent set up for an outdoor party or exhibition
: a rooflike structure sticking out over an entrance
a theater marquee

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