marquise cut

marquise

[mahr-keez; French mar-keez]
noun, plural marquises [mahr-kee-ziz; French mar-keez] .
1.
the wife or widow of a marquis.
2.
a lady holding the rank equal to that of a marquis.
3.
Jewelry.
a.
Also called marquise cut. a gem cut, especially for a diamond, yielding a low pointed oval with many facets, usually 58.
b.
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:
1700–10; < French; feminine of marquis

marque, marquee, marquess, marquis, marquise.
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marquise (mɑːˈkiːz, French markiz)
 
n
1.  (in various countries) another word for marchioness
2.  a.  a gemstone, esp a diamond, cut in a pointed oval shape and usually faceted
 b.  a piece of jewellery, esp a ring, set with such a stone or with an oval cluster of stones
3.  another name for marquee
 
[C18: from French, feminine of marquis]

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