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

Hoover visits Thompson in one of the state’s marquee matchups tonight in a rematch of last year’s Class 7A semifinal. Josh Bean |, al, "Hoover-Thompson meet in rematch of 2018 semifinal thriller," 6 Sep. 2019 Here are the marquee matchups to keep an eye on in the second week of the high school football season: North Shore vs. Ridge Point, 7 p.m. Thursday, TDECU Stadium Hall Stadium isn't big enough for both these teams. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "High school football games to watch in Week 2," 4 Sep. 2019 In the marquee matchup of the season opener, Oregon’s offensive line more than held its own against a vaunted Auburn defensive line. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon OL ‘set the tone’ early, held their own against Auburn’s vaunted DL," 4 Sep. 2019 That list includes Sentinel Super 16 No. 1 Edgewater (2-0) hosting No. 3 Jones (2-0) in a marquee matchup Monday at 6 p.m. Buddy Collings,, "Hurricane Dorian makes Monday high school football’s big night," 3 Sep. 2019 Big Ten — 7 SEC — 6 Pac 12 — 5 Big 12 — 3 ACC — 2 American — 1 Independent — 1 Ranked vs. Ranked The first week of the season with a full schedule of games is lacking marquee matchups. Washington Post, "Another first for Clemson: No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25," 19 Aug. 2019 The anticipated marquee matchup between Sanders and Warren never really occurred, as both were defending their progressive policies from candidates lower in the polls. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Beto O'Rourke sharpens message but at times gets lost in banter during make-or-break Democratic debate," 30 July 2019 Lastly, Auburn is probably trying to finalize at least one more marquee matchup, whether that’s at home or on the road remains to be seen. Sam Blum |,, "Breaking down what we know of Auburn’s nonconference schedule," 24 July 2019 Read more: As for the second night, the marquee matchup will be between Biden — who still leads most polls — and Harris. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Your guide to the Democratic debates in Detroit: Lineup, schedule, what to watch," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The 2020 fight in Texas will include two marquee North Texas races. Dallas News, "With Trump at the top of the ticket, Republicans, Democrats prepare for epic 2020 Texas fight," 5 July 2019 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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