mar·​quess | \ ˈmär-kwəs How to pronounce marquess (audio) \
variants: or \ ˈmär-​kwəs How to pronounce marquess (audio) , mär-​ˈkē \
plural marquesses or marquises\ ˈmär-​kwə-​səz How to pronounce marquess (audio) \ or marquis\ mär-​ˈkē(z) How to pronounce marquess (audio) \

Definition of marquess

1 : a nobleman of hereditary rank in Europe and Japan
2 : a member of the British peerage ranking below a duke and above an earl

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Other Words from marquess

marquessate \ ˈmär-​kwə-​sət How to pronounce marquess (audio) \ or marquisate \ ˈmär-​kwə-​zət How to pronounce marquess (audio) , -​sət \ noun

Examples of marquess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Victorian wit sues the Marquess of Queensberry for libel, egged on by the marquess’ son, Lord Alfred. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Somewhere along the way, Bertie rose to marquess status, so Edith technically outranks her family. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2019 Lansdowne became a marquess at age 21, upon his father’s death, while still a student at Oxford. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2018 The Queen can choose from five titles for a man -- duke, marquess, earl, viscount or baron -- and for a woman -- duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess and baroness. Angela Dewan, CNN, 19 May 2018 The British hereditary title is directly below baron, with viscounts, earls, marquesses, and dukes above it. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 26 June 2018 Baronet is a rank in the British aristocracy, albeit below dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, and barons. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 12 June 2018 And if none of that is successful, McGregor could bend the Marquess of Queensberry rules to their breaking point in hopes of goading Mayweather into a brawl. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, 24 Aug. 2017 Marquess has won 629 conference games, 154 games against Cal, 131 postseason games and 36 College World Series games, which includes two national championships (1987 and ’88). Daniel Mano, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of marquess

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for marquess

Middle English marquis, markis, from Anglo-French marquys, markys, from marche march

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“Marquess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of marquess

: a British nobleman who has a rank that is below a duke and above an earl


mar·​quess | \ ˈmär-kwəs How to pronounce marquess (audio) \

Kids Definition of marquess

: a British nobleman ranking below a duke and above an earl


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