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marchese

[mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze] /mɑrˈkeɪ zeɪ; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zɛ/
noun, plural marchesi
[mahr-key-zee; Italian mahr-ke-zee] /mɑrˈkeɪ zi; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zi/ (Show IPA)
1.
an Italian nobleman, equivalent in rank to a marquis.
Origin
1510-1520
1510-20; < Italian; see marquis

marchesa

[mahr-key-zuh; Italian mahr-ke-zah] /mɑrˈkeɪ zə; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zɑ/
noun, plural marchese
[mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze] /mɑrˈkeɪ zeɪ; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
an Italian noblewoman, equivalent in rank to a marquise.
2.
the wife or widow of a marchese.
Origin
1790-1800; < Italian; feminine of marchese
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British Dictionary definitions for marchese

marchese

/marˈkeːze/
noun (pl) -si (-zi)
1.
(in Italy) a nobleman ranking below a prince and above a count; marquis

marchesa

/marˈkeːza/
noun (pl) -se (-ze)
1.
(in Italy) the wife or widow of a marchese; marchioness
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