marchioness

marchioness

[mahr-shuh-nis, mahr-shuh-nes]
noun British.
marquise ( defs 1, 2 ).

Origin:
1770–80; < Medieval Latin marchiōnissa, equivalent to marchiōn- (stem of marchiō) marquis + -issa -ess


See -ess.
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marchioness (ˈmɑːʃənɪs, ˌmɑːʃəˈnɛs)
 
n
1.  the wife or widow of a marquis
2.  a woman who holds the rank of marquis
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin marchionissa, feminine of marchiōmarquis]

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