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marchese

[mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze]
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noun, plural mar·che·si [mahr-key-zee Italian mahr-ke-zee] /mɑrˈkeɪ zi Italian mɑrˈkɛ zi/.
  1. an Italian nobleman, equivalent in rank to a marquis.
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Origin of marchese

From Italian, dating back to 1510–20; see origin at marquis

marchesa

[mahr-key-zuh; Italian mahr-ke-zah]
noun, plural mar·che·se [mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze] /mɑrˈkeɪ zeɪ; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zɛ/.
  1. an Italian noblewoman, equivalent in rank to a marquise.
  2. the wife or widow of a marchese.
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Origin of marchesa

1790–1800; < Italian; feminine of marchese
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Examples from the Web for marchese

Historical Examples

  • The Marchese had brought Lorenzi to the house only a few weeks before.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • The Marchese no longer troubled himself to deal to the others.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Ere he had made up his mind upon this point, the Marchese had lost the venture.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • At length the Marchese had lost five hundred ducats to Casanova and Lorenzi.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • The Marchese, who was in a jovial mood, opened a bank for them.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler


British Dictionary definitions for marchese

marchese

noun plural -si (-zi)
  1. (in Italy) a nobleman ranking below a prince and above a count; marquis
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marchesa

noun plural -se (-ze)
  1. (in Italy) the wife or widow of a marchese; marchioness
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