The le marche


a region in central Italy, bordering the Adriatic. 3743 sq. mi. (9695 sq. km).
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World English Dictionary
Marches (ˈmɑːtʃɪz)
1.  the border area between England and Wales or Scotland, both characterized by continual feuding (13th--16th centuries)
2.  Italian name: Le Marche a region of central Italy. Capital: Ancona. Pop: 1 484 601 (2003 est). Area: 9692 sq km (3780 sq miles)
3.  any of various other border regions

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from M.Fr. marcher "to march, walk," from O.Fr. marchier "to stride, march," originally "to trample," perhaps from Frankish *markon (from source of obsolete M.E. march (n.) "borderland," (see march (n.)). Or possibly from Gallo-Roman *marcare, from L. marcus "hammer,"
via notion of "tramping the feet." Noun meaning "act of marching" is from 1580s. The musical sense first attested 1570s, from notion of "rhythmic drumbeat" for marching. Marching band is attested from 1955.

(obs.) "boundary," late 13c. (in ref. to the borderlands beside Wales, rendering O.E. Mercia), from O.Fr. marche "boundary, frontier," from Frank. *marka (cf. O.H.G. marchon "to mark out, delimit," Ger. Mark "boundary;" see mark (1)).

c.1200, from Anglo-Fr. marche, from O.Fr. marz, from L. Martius (mensis) "(month) of Mars," from Mars (gen. Martis). Replaced O.E. hreðmonaþ, of uncertain meaning, perhaps from hræd "quick, nimble, ready, active, alert, prompt." For March hare, proverbial type of madness, see mad.
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