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Dictionary Definition

marquise

Noun

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]

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French

Etymology

Feminine of marquis

Noun

marquise f
  1. a marchioness, a member of foreign nobility
  2. a type of finger-ring
  3. (archaic) marquee

Extensive Definition

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
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