[mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze]
- an Italian nobleman, equivalent in rank to a marquis.
Origin of marchese
From Italian, dating back to 1510–20; see origin at marquis
[mahr-key-zuh; Italian mahr-ke-zah]
- an Italian noblewoman, equivalent in rank to a marquise.
- the wife or widow of a marchese.
Origin of marchesa
1790–1800; < Italian; feminine of marchese
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Examples from the Web for marchese
The Marchese had brought Lorenzi to the house only a few weeks before.
The Marchese no longer troubled himself to deal to the others.
Ere he had made up his mind upon this point, the Marchese had lost the venture.
At length the Marchese had lost five hundred ducats to Casanova and Lorenzi.
The Marchese, who was in a jovial mood, opened a bank for them.
- (in Italy) a nobleman ranking below a prince and above a count; marquis
- (in Italy) the wife or widow of a marchese; marchioness
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