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[mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze] /mɑrˈkeɪ zeɪ; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zɛ/
noun, plural marchesi
[mahr-key-zee; Italian mahr-ke-zee] /mɑrˈkeɪ zi; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zi/ (Show IPA)
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] /mɑrˈkeɪ zə; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zɑ/
noun, plural marchese
[mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze] /mɑrˈkeɪ zeɪ; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zɛ/ (Show IPA)
an Italian noblewoman, equivalent in rank to a marquise.
the wife or widow of a marchese.
1790-1800; < Italian; feminine of marchese Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for marchese
Historical Examples
  • So this was the cause of it all: the marchese Lamberto is in love!

    A Siren Thomas Adolphus Trollope
  • The marchese replied that he disliked hypocrisy of all kinds.

  • She was married then to a marchese Lucchesi, by whom she had a quantity of grown-up sons and daughters.

    Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • Ere he had made up his mind upon this point, the marchese had lost the venture.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • With the white paper packet—for such it in truth was—the marchese Ludovico had nothing whatever to do.

    A Siren Thomas Adolphus Trollope
  • "Till to-morrow, then, my dear Chevalier," said the marchese.

    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
  • Did she like the hours so spent in tete-a-tete conversation with the handsome young marchese?

    A Siren Thomas Adolphus Trollope
  • The marchese had brought Lorenzi to the house only a few weeks before.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
British Dictionary definitions for marchese


noun (pl) -si (-zi)
(in Italy) a nobleman ranking below a prince and above a count; marquis


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