|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 marche|
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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