don marquis

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marquis (ˈmɑːkwɪs, mɑːˈkiː, French marki)
n , pl -quises, -quis
(in various countries) a nobleman ranking above a count, corresponding to a British marquess. The title of marquis is often used in place of that of marquess
[C14: from Old French marchis, literally: count of the march, from marchemarch²]

Marquis (ˈmɑːkwɪs)
Don(ald Robert Perry). 1878--1937, US humorist; author of archy and mehitabel (1927)

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, title of nobility, from O.Fr. marchis, lit. "ruler of a border area," from O.Fr. marche "frontier," from M.L. marca "frontier, frontier territory" (see march (n.)). Originally the ruler of border territories in various European nations (e.g. It. marchese, Sp. marqués);
later a mere title of rank, below duke and above count.
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don marquis

U.S. newspaperman, poet, and playwright, creator of the literary characters Archy, the cockroach, and Mehitabel, the cat, wry, down-and-out philosophers of the 1920s.

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