marquess

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noun mar·quess \ˈmär-kwəs\

Definition of marquess

plural

marquesses

or

marquises

play \-kwə-səz\ or

marquis

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  1. 1 :  a nobleman of hereditary rank in Europe and Japan

  2. 2 :  a member of the British peerage ranking below a duke and above an earl

marquessate

play \ˈmär-kwə-sət\ or

marquisate

play \ˈmär-kwə-zət, -sət\ noun

Variants of marquess

or

marquis

\ˈmär-kwəs, mär-ˈkē\

Origin and Etymology of marquess

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


First Known Use: 14th century


MARQUESS Defined for English Language Learners

marquess

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noun mar·quess \ˈmär-kwəs\

Definition of marquess for English Language Learners

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


MARQUESS Defined for Kids

marquess

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noun mar·quess \ˈmär-kwəs\

Definition of marquess for Students

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


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