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

Many Democrats see it as the marquee legislation of their new majority in the chamber. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "House Passes Election Overhaul Package," 8 Mar. 2019 Parker, who frequents the Taco Bell in Carbondale, Ill., every Tuesday and Friday, commemorated the birthday milestone in the same fast food restaurant, which was decorated with flowers, balloons and a message on the marquee sign. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Illinois woman celebrates 101st birthday at Taco Bell, is 'hooked' on Nacho Fries," 15 Aug. 2018 While sources and lawmakers say giving the President money for his marquee campaign promise of a physical wall in some capacity seemed generally acceptable. Tal Kopan And Lauren Fox, CNN, "House DACA talks prepare to enter new high-stakes stage," 11 June 2018 The prototypes are a key early step toward fulfilling Trump's marquee campaign promise. John Wagner,, "California governor says Trump's upcoming visit should focus on bridges, not the wall," 12 Mar. 2018 The proposal sets the stage for a marquee statewide battle between health groups and the soda industry — a feud that has been simmering in California’s cities and counties for years and burst into full view in the state Capitol last week. Melanie Mason,, "Healthcare groups want California voters to tax soda," 2 July 2018 Beginning Monday, March 12, the new logo will be used on parking lot banners, the marquee, indoor digital signs, the website, and other campus locations, according to the news release. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford Community College unveils new logo," 11 Mar. 2018 The marquee statewide races turned out as expected. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Texas Primary Roundup: Dem Turnout Shows Progress, But No Revolution," 7 Mar. 2018 With marquee free agent acquisition and fellow All-Star Jimmy Butler averaging 22.4 points per game for Minnesota, Towns’ scoring average is down from last year’s 25.1. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Timberwolves’ Towns counts Spurs’ Aldridge as his role model on court," 26 Feb. 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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