marquee

noun
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.

marquee

adjective

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 hope is that marquee free agent John Tavares, who grew up in nearby Mississauga, Ontario, sleeping on Maple Leafs bedding as a boy, can break the curse. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, "The Lions in the Super Bowl, a .400 hitter in a season, and other sports dreams I’d like to see become reality," 14 July 2018 The advantage to playing a major market and being one of the league's marquee teams is the ability to manufacture momentum almost immediately. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 In addition to teaming up with marquee actresses and directors, Apple has also recruited executives with industry clout — clear signs, according to Cryan, that Apple is serious about going toe-to-toe with prestigious production companies. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Apple's script for conquering Hollywood is a mystery so far," 13 July 2018 Louisville, Kansas and Indiana are among the marquee programs who offered after Lewis starred during the April EYBL stops. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "5 recruits who might earn a Kentucky basketball offer in July," 11 July 2018 Many of the events — and one of the two marquee concerts — are free. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what you need to know about Black Expo 2018," 11 July 2018 Broadcasting not just marquee games but a regular season is a significant move, especially in an age of declining cable subscriptions. Eric Van Allen, WIRED, "Live on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?," 11 July 2018 Those are locations where the carrier has opened larger marquee stores, suitable for demonstrating new products like Magic Leap. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "AT&T Inks an Exclusive Deal With Secretive Startup Magic Leap," 11 July 2018 Scott Bordow, azcentral sports Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker is an upcoming sneaker free agent who’s expected to get a ton of attention from the marquee brands next fall. Bryan Kalbrosky, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker could be an NBA free agent soon ... in shoes," 10 July 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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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

Noun

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marquee

Noun

modification of French marquise, literally, marchioness

Adjective

see marquee entry 1

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marquee

noun

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)

marquee

adjective

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

: very popular and well known

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