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[mahr-keez; French mar-keez] /mɑrˈkiz; French marˈkiz/
noun, plural marquises
[mahr-kee-ziz; French mar-keez] /mɑrˈki zɪz; French marˈkiz/ (Show IPA)
the wife or widow of a marquis.
a lady holding the rank equal to that of a marquis.
  1. Also called marquise cut. a gem cut, especially for a diamond, yielding a low pointed oval with many facets, usually 58.
  2. a gem cut in this style, especially a diamond.
    Compare navette.
(often used with a plural verb) British. marquee (def 3).
Also called marquise chair. French Furniture. a wide bergère.
Also, British, marchioness (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of marquise
1700-10; < French; feminine of marquis
Can be confused
marque, marquee, marquess, marquis, marquise. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for marquise
Contemporary Examples
  • Mabille particularly likes Mata Hari or The marquise de Montespan as women of intrigue.

  • In 1745, Louis XV took as mistress one of the most notorious celebrities in all of Europe, the marquise de Pompadour.

    What Is Romanticism? Jimmy So September 24, 2011
Historical Examples
  • Then, catching the glance of the marquise bright with laughter, she laughed also without knowing well at what.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The whole of one side of the room was filled by the marquise's bed.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • Monte-Leone was about to reply, even though he destroyed his influence with the Prince and marquise.

  • The marquise always left it like that; she liked all the fresh air she could get.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • He came, and expressing great concern when he learned I was a victim of the marquise disaster, asked what he could do for me.

  • The marquise determined to oust Simon from his place in his father's heart.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • He came back again two days later, and from the marquise's welcome it was plain that she had looked forward to the visit.

    A Woman of Thirty Honore de Balzac
  • When, after long weeks of illness, he was restored to health, he belonged to the marquise.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
British Dictionary definitions for marquise


/mɑːˈkiːz; French markiz/
(in various countries) another word for marchioness
  1. a gemstone, esp a diamond, cut in a pointed oval shape and usually faceted
  2. a piece of jewellery, esp a ring, set with such a stone or with an oval cluster of stones
another name for marquee (sense 2)
Word Origin
C18: from French, feminine of marquis
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