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[mahrk] /mɑrk/
Obsolete. seizure by way of reprisal or retaliation.
Origin of marque1
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Provençal marca seizure by warrant (orig. token) < Germanic; see mark1


[mahrk] /mɑrk/
a product model or type, as of a luxury or racing car.
1905-10; < French: literally, mark, sign, noun derivative of marquer to mark, probably dial. derivative of Old French merc, merche boundary, boundary marker < Old Norse merki (from same Germanic base as march2, mark1, marque1

La Marque

[luh-mahrk] /ləˈmɑrk/
a city in SE coastal Texas. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for marque
Historical Examples
  • Letters of marque were granted by the Governor of the Mauritius.

  • Also a colloquialism for marque, as a letter of mart or marque.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • And what did your letters of marque say as to the Portuguese slaver we sank in the Gaboons?

    Athelstane Ford Allen Upward
  • Of course we are really a trader, though we do carry a letter of marque.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • "You mean she is able to see anybody on the platform," said marque, confused and astounded.

    The Gay Rebellion Robert W. Chambers
  • To them I would issue letters of marque, to harry England's trade.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • No; and I'll tell you why we ain't likely to see his Letters of marque: because he ain't got any.

    Captain Calamity

    Rolf Bennett
  • She shall, in time of war, grant no letters of marque and reprisal.

  • Roubaix overlooks from a slight elevation the valley of the marque.

    Tourcoing Hilaire Belloc
  • It is doubtful, for the marque stood in between and the French did not leave it unguarded.

    Tourcoing Hilaire Belloc
British Dictionary definitions for marque


a brand of product, esp of a car
an emblem or nameplate used to identify a product, esp a car
Word Origin
from French, from marquer to mark1
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Word Origin and History for marque

"seizure by way of reprisal," mid-15c., in letters of marque "official permission to capture enemy merchant ships," from Anglo-French mark (mid-14c.), via Old French from Old Provençal marca "reprisal," from marcar "seize as a pledge, mark," probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German marchon "delimit, mark;" see mark (n.1)), but the sense evolution is difficult.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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