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[mahr-shuh-nis, mahr-shuh-nes] /ˈmɑr ʃə nɪs, ˌmɑr ʃəˈnɛs/
noun, British
marquise (defs 1, 2).
Origin of marchioness
1770-80; < Medieval Latin marchiōnissa, equivalent to marchiōn- (stem of marchiō) marquis + -issa -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
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  • Even here, the marchioness paused a moment, in thought, before she would leave her errant nephew alone with her ward.

    Mercedes of Castile J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Don't talk back to me: my daughter will be a marchioness in spite of everyone.

  • Tommaso Cavalieri must be mentioned next to the marchioness of Pescara as the being who bound this greatest soul a captive.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • They were opposed by the marchioness of Salisbury, whom the Tories brought forward.

  • As this marriage was null and void, there was no marchioness of Morella.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • Amelia is so massive and square; if the girl's so small she'd look like 'the marchioness.'

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Would it be any breach of confidence, marchioness, to relate what they say of the humble individual who has now the honor to--?

    Ten Girls from Dickens Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  • The marchioness first opened her eyes, and looked round her.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • Now, the marchioness of Hartletop was a very great person indeed, and a leader in the fashionable world.

    The Small House at Allington Anthony Trollope
  • I am sure, dear marchioness, you will not find our dear abbe in the way.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for marchioness


/ˈmɑːʃənɪs; ˌmɑːʃəˈnɛs/
the wife or widow of a marquis
a woman who holds the rank of marquis
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin marchionissa, feminine of marchiōmarquis
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Word Origin and History for marchioness

16c., from Medieval Latin marchionissa, fem. of marchio "marquis," from marca (see marquis (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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