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 Behind him, a huge marquee flashed an ad for one of the program’s main sponsors, Carnival Cruise Line. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 They were first welcomed to the main house and then entertained in a marquee on the grounds. Simon Perry,, 9 Dec. 2021 To top it off, Paris joined Reum for a candlelit dinner beneath a glowing marquee of both of their names. Skyler Caruso,, 8 Nov. 2021 Leaders from both parties do not deliver on their promises and the headline-grabbing statistics of income inequality remain emblazoned on the figurative marquee of the voting booth. Robert Ginsburg, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 For those of us in that peak demo, the park’s signage — a neon marquee that pays homage to the studio’s ’30s heyday and the theme park’s ’90s gaucherie — is ingrained in our minds. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 19 Nov. 2021 For one thing, the show itself was a sign: Thoughts was the first new show to put up a marquee during the COVID shutdown. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 13 Oct. 2021 Johnson, a graduate of New England Conservatory, has never sung opera anywhere like the Leader Pavilion, which generally features popular artists like Phoebe Bridgers and Counting Crows on its marquee., 23 Sep. 2021 Remodeled and with a new marquee that would define the theater for the next nine decades, the theater celebrated a reopening in November 1935, newspapers reported. Jennifer Johnson,, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The iconic hotel, which sits near Central Park and overlooks Columbus Circle, is a marquee acquisition for Reliance. Michelle Toh, CNN, 10 Jan. 2022 When Act 10, a marquee Republican victory that curtailed collective bargaining powers for most public workers, passed in 2011, Bernier was serving in the Assembly. Katelyn Ferral, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2022 Now, BrightDrop can add another marquee customer to its books. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 5 Jan. 2022 The Jaguars have only played four teams above .500 and lack a true marquee win. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 4 Jan. 2022 The focus on voting rights came as the Senate returned for the new year to confront President Biden’s stalled agenda, and as Democrats are also struggling to advance their marquee climate, tax and spending measure. New York Times, 3 Jan. 2022 Beyond the marquee figures, companies' bottom lines have been pummeled by an array of threats and uncertainties, according to Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 1 Jan. 2022 Despite all the game postponements across the league due to COVID-19, the NHL's marquee annual outdoor event is still scheduled to take place on New Year's Day in the evening between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues at Target Field. Mary Clarke, USA TODAY, 30 Dec. 2021 What to order: Lobster Benedict Lobster bisque is a marquee dish at this five-star French powerhouse at the Pearl. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Dec. 2021

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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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11 Jan 2022

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“Marquee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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
: 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)

: very popular and well known

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