mar·​quise mär-ˈkēz How to pronounce marquise (audio)
plural marquises mär-ˈkēz How to pronounce marquise (audio)
: a gem or a ring setting or bezel usually elliptical in shape but with pointed ends

Examples of marquise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The earrings are similarly fashioned: 30 diamonds are split between the pair, alongside six marquise diamonds and two matching cultured pearls. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 5 May 2023 The necklace, for starters, features 164 brilliant-cut diamonds and 14 marquise diamonds, altogether weighing nearly 50 carats. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 5 May 2023 Made by Jostens, the rings have 609 round diamonds, 16 baguette diamonds, four marquise diamonds and 35 rubies for 16.10 total carats. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, 16 June 2023 My marquise was still there. Mariam Rahmani, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 The photographer on hand for the shoot snapped away as McBride presented Limehouse with a marquise-cut diamond surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds, set on a rose gold band with one hidden diamond embedded inside. Alex Apatoff, Peoplemag, 9 Mar. 2023 In 1953, the Queen Mother had its height increased with additional brilliant-cut diamonds and one marquise-cut diamond—jewels which were given to Edward VII by de Beers. Jennifer Newman, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 Cullinan VI & VIII Along with accepting Cullinan I and II on behalf of the Crown, King Edward VII purchased Cullinan VI, an 11.5-carat marquise-cut diamond, for his consort Queen Alexandra, who had the stone set into a circlet (as seen above). Leena Kim, Town & Country, 14 Feb. 2023 The tail and sparkling eye are set with brilliant-cut diamonds, while four marquise-cut diamonds suggest a bow around the animal’s neck. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, feminine of marquis

First Known Use

1503, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of marquise was in 1503

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“Marquise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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mar·​quise mär-ˈkēz How to pronounce marquise (audio)
plural marquises -ˈkēz(-əz) How to pronounce marquise (audio)

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