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marquise

[mahr-keez; French mar-keez] /mɑrˈkiz; French marˈkiz/
noun, plural marquises
[mahr-kee-ziz; French mar-keez] /mɑrˈki zɪz; French marˈkiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
the wife or widow of a marquis.
2.
a lady holding the rank equal to that of a marquis.
3.
Jewelry.
  1. Also called marquise cut. a gem cut, especially for a diamond, yielding a low pointed oval with many facets, usually 58.
  2. a gem cut in this style, especially a diamond.
    Compare navette.
4.
(often used with a plural verb) British, marquee (def 3).
5.
Also called marquise chair. French Furniture. a wide bergère.
Also, British, marchioness (for defs 1, 2).
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < French; feminine of marquis
Can be confused
marque, marquee, marquess, marquis, marquise.
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Examples for marquise
  • The marquise has a disagreeable day for her journey.
British Dictionary definitions for marquise

marquise

/mɑːˈkiːz; French markiz/
noun
1.
(in various countries) another word for marchioness
2.
  1. a gemstone, esp a diamond, cut in a pointed oval shape and usually faceted
  2. a piece of jewellery, esp a ring, set with such a stone or with an oval cluster of stones
3.
another name for marquee (sense 2)
Word Origin
C18: from French, feminine of marquis
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