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

Noun She dreamed of seeing her name on the theater marquee.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The personalized marquee will be on display for a mutually agreed upon period of time and dates. Tracy Swartz,, "Give these gifts that also benefit Chicago’s artists," 20 Nov. 2020 All onboard the Tua Train, which is set for its next departure Sunday against the Chargers in a game that matches two teams but features a marquee with only two names — Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa thrown into spotlight as Chargers visit Dolphins," 14 Nov. 2020 From the shade of a Stars and Stripes marquee, participants wait for the event to begin, lauding the U.S. president’s commitment to family values and his support for the economy. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "For some abroad, four more years of Trump sounds pretty good," 30 Oct. 2020 The Astros were roasted on the marquee of a movie theater. Los Angeles Times, "Justin Turner’s quiet leadership shines during the strangest of championship seasons," 27 Oct. 2020 Jay Streets creates changeable messages on a theater-style marquee on his second floor home on Carl Street in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Annie Vainshtein,, "Is the election stressing you out? You're not alone in the Bay Area. Here's how to cope," 21 Oct. 2020 As a two-day event, Amazon’s marquee of markdowns is not unlike a weekend: the first day is a carefree-browsing spree, while the 24-hour period that follows is a nail-biting countdown to all deals vanishing into the virtual ether. Emily Ruane,, "42 Amazon Prime Day Deals We Actually Added To Our Carts," 14 Oct. 2020 The hotel is set on 110 acres, so there was plenty of room for the iconic GBBO marquee. Olivia Harrison,, "The Great British Bake Off," 4 Oct. 2020 Put up the marquee at America’s Sweetheart repertory in smalltown Georgia, Julia Roberts—theaters have a chance at roaring back, and in locations outside of typical bastions of filmic arts. Jordan Crucchiola, Wired, "On the Future of (Going to the) Movies," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective During his tenure, Ohio State had emerged as the Big Ten’s marquee member. New York Times, "Was the College Football Season Worth It?," 30 Dec. 2020 Why the case matters: The case takes the broadest view of Google’s marquee business and future on connected devices. Ben Brody,, "Google and Facebook’s Antitrust Pileup: A Readers Guide," 22 Dec. 2020 The casting is, for the most part, quite good, if a little tardy in showcasing more marquee-worthy members. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Stand' turns Stephen King's epic book into what feels like a very long sit," 17 Dec. 2020 The marquee free agents — Trevor Bauer, George Springer and J.T. Realmuto, to name a few — won't be coming to Detroit. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila 'resisting urge' to spend big, taking his time in free agency," 12 Dec. 2020 MacMillan was a marquee member of the San Diego Spirit of the now-defunct WUSA, which drew sellout crowds at USD’s Torero Stadium. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Phenomenal San Diego women in sports," 8 Aug. 2020 Apple said its preliminary investigations found the Taiwanese supplier -- the first to produce the U.S. company’s marquee device from India -- failed to implement proper work-hour management processes for a rapidly growing staff. Debby Wu,, "iPhone Maker Slides After Riot Spurs Apple to Suspend Business," 21 Dec. 2020 The two dancers in the film—NYCB soloist, Sebastian Villarini-Velez, and Corps de Ballet member, India Bradley—were styled in glittering jewelry and watches from Sotheby’s December marquee auctions. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Watch A Special Performance of The Nutcracker, Filmed at Sotheby's," 4 Dec. 2020 Silver Falls One of Oregon’s marquee state parks, Silver Falls is a spectacular destination in the rainy season, when the waterfalls are flowing at full volume. oregonlive, "12 perfect Oregon day hikes for a clear December day," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of marquee was in 1690

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30 Nov 2020

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“Marquee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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