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


She dreamed of seeing her name on the theater marquee.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But with a quality LaVine and the growth of Markkanen and Kris Dunn, the Bulls present their best look to convince marquee free agents next summer that there’s a title contender in there somewhere. Steve Rosenbloom,, "Why the Bulls had no choice but to match Zach LaVine’s offer sheet," 9 July 2018 Figure skating is traditionally the marquee athletic event at the Winter Olympics, and the competition at PyeongChang in 2018 includes both individual and team events. Cheryl Wray,, "How does team figure skating competition work at the 2018 Winter Olympics?," 9 Feb. 2018 Photo: Kellyann Petry for The Wall Street Journal A 1930s view of the marquees of the 42nd Street Apollo Theatre and the Times Square Theater. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Final Holdout of Times Square’s Rejuvenation to Get $100 Million Makeover," 18 Sep. 2018 Also on the marquee: Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, basketball analyst Charles Barkley, comedian Ray Romano, Golden State guard Stephen Curry and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Doug Haller, azcentral, "ASU's Herm Edwards plays to win the game – except on the golf course," 3 July 2018 The Knights appear to have lost out on the sweepstakes for the marquee free agent John Tavares, but McPhee holds a trump card that few other general managers possess. Matt Rybaltowski, New York Times, "Next Task for Vegas Golden Knights: Attract Free Agents," 29 June 2018 There is still an uphill battle to get our names on the marquee. Eben Shapiro, Time, "Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage on Her New Play, the Browning of America and Animal Rights," 17 May 2018 The recent conversation around inclusivity and diversity in both fashion and in its marketing and branding has ushered in a new standard for marquee bridal houses. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Bridal Salons to Custom Gowns, Here's Where Size Inclusivity Stands in the Bridal Industry," 19 Apr. 2019 Coaches of sports teams in marquee programs like football and basketball at universities like those in Arizona usually make more than university presidents. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Michael Crow, other university presidents get salary increases," 31 May 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
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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