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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • On my way here, I encountered the equipage of the marchioness de Fleury.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • 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
  • "It is her invention," replied the marchioness, triumphantly.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • As this marriage was null and void, there was no marchioness of Morella.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • I fancy the marchioness intends to depart; I prefer to linger awhile.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • 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
  • "Go on," cried the marchioness, who had commenced her note with the usual formula.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • 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
  • The marchioness wrung her hands, and wept in genuine tribulation.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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