1 a noblewoman ranking below a duchess and above a countess [syn: marchioness]
2 permanent canopy over an entrance of a hotel etc. [syn: marquee]
EtymologyFeminine of marquis
A marquise is a French noblewoman ranking above a countess and below a duchess, and is usually the wife of a marquis. The British equivalent is a marchioness.
One of the most famous marquises in French history is the marquise de Pompadour.
marquise in French: Marquis#Marquises