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

Liu and Diggs are the film's marquee names, but Powell and Deutch are the true leads. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Should you watch 'Set It Up,' the rom-com that Netflix really wants you to see?," 26 June 2018 Brian Cox is the marquee name as Logan Roy, an aging Master of the Universe who renegs on a deal to pass his entertainment conglomerate to his children. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "HBO’s ‘Succession’ is a cruel catharsis, and perfect for our swampy time," 1 June 2018 Not a single Latino was included in the marquee acting categories. Lynn Elber, chicagotribune.com, "Emmy diversity gets a boost from Ricky Martin, Issa Rae," 13 July 2018 The storm blew out the menu marquee and knocked a hole in the restaurant roof but glass windows stayed intact. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tavares twister 'nightmarish' for restaurateur but tame in the scheme of things," 5 July 2018 Romantic comedies — true romantic comedies — have slowly dwindled from the marquee. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Rom-Com Renaissance Is Here Thanks To Netflix," 22 June 2018 Standing nearly 20 feet tall, Woody is tipping his hat (which measures 7’ feet, brim to brim) and standing next to the marquee which is made out of blocks and a 4-foot-tall yo-yo – just a few of the many toys that make up Toy Story Land. Shelley Caran, ajc, "Stepping behind the walls: Nine new things we learned about Toy Story Land," 25 May 2018 The marquee primary from a national point of view is probably the two-party gubernatorial event in Georgia. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Two Staceys Versus GOP Wild Men: A Preview of Tuesday’s Primaries," 22 May 2018 Luxury wedding planner Aimee Dunne estimated to CNBC that the food and beverage could be $680,000; the glass marquee for the reception could be $400,000; and the flowers could be $130,000. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Royal Wedding Cost a Whopping $45 Million," 20 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, 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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