mar·​quee | \ mär-ˈkē \

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


She dreamed of seeing her name on the theater marquee.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Drag Race season 10 winner Aquaria, Bebe Rexha, Paris Jackson—was amped, and the space mimicked Broadway’s glittering marquees and neon lights. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Aquaria, Marc Jacobs, Yolanda Hadid, and More Sparkled at the Moschino x H&M Runway Show and Party," 25 Oct. 2018 Punishing marquee American firms could dent the confidence of other foreign investors in China. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "China Woos U.S. Companies Again, Curbs Trade Threats," 11 Sep. 2018 Winfrey joins an already-impressive marquee at Apple. NBC News, "Oprah Winfrey signs mega-deal with Apple for original programming," 15 June 2018 In one of three marquee September games for the Aggies, A&M then plays host to Clemson at 6 p.m (ESPN) on Sept. 8, and a week later plays host to Louisiana-Monroe at 6:30 p.m., both Saturday night contests. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Jimbo Fisher era at Texas A&M will kick off with 3 consecutive night games," 31 May 2018 Tuesday’s Illinois primary offered one marquee congressional race that matched an old-fashioned Chicago machine pol against someone who better reflected the wave of the Democratic present and future. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Incumbents and Big Spenders Win Illinois Primary – But Only by a Hair," 21 Mar. 2018 Earlier this week, photos surfaced showing an enormous glass marquee on the Middleton family estate, which will host the reception tomorrow evening. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton's Wedding Will Feature Luxury Loos and Ping Pong Tables," 19 May 2017 My family pulled into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and was instantly mesmerized by the billboards and flashing marquees promising attractions on every corner. Redbook, "Postcards From the Road: Why I Made My Husband the Bad Cop in Myrtle Beach," 12 July 2011 More registered Republicans than registered Democrats have voted so far in Florida, home to a marquee gubernatorial and Senate races. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Early Voting Surges as Midterms Approach," 2 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The Open era in tennis — the period when professionals were rightfully permitted to play the marquee events — will have its 50th birthday next year. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "At U.S. Open, Women Surprise and New Rules Get a Trial Run," 11 Sep. 2017 The impact on you at home: In its recent earnings report, Nintendo said that sales were equal for both the Nintendo Switch and its marquee launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Nintendo's beloved Legend of Zelda may be coming to phones," 15 May 2017

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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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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

: 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)

: very popular and well known

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