mar·​quis ˈmär-kwəs How to pronounce marquis (audio)

variant spelling of marquess

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

Examples of marquis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Queen Charlotte presents Francesca with a marquis from Vienna. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 16 May 2024 Art and design The Huntington has received four important paintings, including a remarkable portrait of a Spanish marquis by Francisco de Goya. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2024 His father was the marquis of Castiglione and his mother a lady-in-waiting to the wife of Philip II of Spain. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2021

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“Marquis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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plural marquises

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Mar·​quis ˈmär-kwəs How to pronounce Marquis (audio)
Donald Robert Perry 1878–1937 American humorist
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