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marchioness

[mahr-shuh-nis, mahr-shuh-nes] /ˈmɑr ʃə nɪs, ˌmɑr ʃəˈnɛs/
noun, British.
1.
marquise (defs 1, 2).
Origin of marchioness
1770-1780
1770-80; < Medieval Latin marchiōnissa, equivalent to marchiōn- (stem of marchiō) marquis + -issa -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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  • Their Majesties would notice also that it was in favour of the marchioness of Morella.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • As this marriage was null and void, there was no marchioness of Morella.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • Don't talk back to me: my daughter will be a marchioness in spite of everyone.

  • They were opposed by the marchioness of Salisbury, whom the Tories brought forward.

  • Amelia is so massive and square; if the girl's so small she'd look like 'the marchioness.'

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • He comes to sign the contract—to make me the marchioness of Sbrufadelli.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • The marchioness first opened her eyes, and looked round her.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • I am sure, dear marchioness, you will not find our dear abbe in the way.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The marchioness applauded, saying that she admired my courage.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • If you think you can succeed go to the marchioness and make your complaints to her.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for marchioness

marchioness

/ˈmɑːʃənɪs; ˌmɑːʃəˈnɛs/
noun
1.
the wife or widow of a marquis
2.
a woman who holds the rank of marquis
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin marchionissa, feminine of marchiōmarquis
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Word Origin and History for marchioness
n.

16c., from Medieval Latin marchionissa, fem. of marchio "marquis," from marca (see marquis (n.)).

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