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[mahr-kwis] /ˈmɑr kwɪs/
noun, British
marquee (def 3).
Origin of marquess
spelling variant of marquis
Can be confused
marque, marquee, marquess, marquis, marquise. Unabridged
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  • The honors heaped upon Giordano by the marquess of Heliche, compelled him to neglect and offend other patrons.

  • The marquess of Carabas started in life as the cadet of a noble family.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The marquess wished to show a part of his domain to the Ambassadress.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • The eyes of the marquess sparkled, and the mouth of the marquess was closed.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The character and achievements of the marquess were well calculated to inspire admiration in the Prince.

  • There was a dead silence, which at length the marquess broke.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Dear me, how diabolically those wretches lied to the marquess.

    The Man From Brodney's George Barr McCutcheon
  • The marquess said, "Bravo," the rest smiled, and rose from the table in some confusion.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for marquess


(in the British Isles) a nobleman ranking between a duke and an earl
See marquis
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