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

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 \ or marquisate \ ˈmär-​kwə-​zət , -​sət \ noun

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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, "Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Harry and Meghan's new titles," 19 May 2018 The British hereditary title is directly below baron, with viscounts, earls, marquesses, and dukes above it. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "6 Things to Know About Jack Brooksbank's Family Ahead of His Wedding to Princess Eugenie," 26 June 2018 Baronet is a rank in the British aristocracy, albeit below dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, and barons. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everything We Know About Jack Brooksbank's Family Ahead of the Royal Wedding," 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, "McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather," 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, "Stanford baseball coach becomes fourth in Division I history with 1,600 wins," 4 Apr. 2017 Marquess registered his 1,600th victory as a college coach — something only two others have done with the same program — with the No. Daniel Mano, The Mercury News, "Stanford baseball coach becomes fourth in Division I history with 1,600 wins," 4 Apr. 2017 As each coach from the other five Bay Area schools — Cal, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s, USF — got in front of the microphone, a story about Marquess followed almost immediately. Martin Gallegos, The Mercury News, "Stanford baseball coach Mark Marquess hopes to go out in style," 17 Feb. 2017 Baden-Powell, the father of the Boy Scouts, and the marquess, the namesake of boxing’s Queensberry Rules, were both advocates of those quintessential British ideals, fair play and decorum. Howard Schneider, WSJ, "The Guerrillas of London," 3 Feb. 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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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 \

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

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