- a tall rooflike projection above a theater entrance, usually containing the name of a currently featured play or film and its stars.
- a rooflike shelter, as of glass, projecting above an outer door and over a sidewalk or a terrace.
- Also marquess, marquise. British. a large tent or tentlike shelter with open sides, especially one for temporary use in outdoor entertainments, receptions, etc.
- superlative; headlining: a marquee basketball player.
Origin of marquee
Examples from the Web for marquee
I was going to ask if you had nerves about opening on Broadway without a marquee name.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’
October 22, 2014
A movie theater in Georgia showing the film PT 109 decorated its marquee with this message: “See how the Japs almost got Kennedy.”A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock
August 17, 2014
It turned out that Steven Spielberg—and other marquee names—had beaten me to it.There’s Nothing Wrong—and a Lot That’s Right—About Copying Other Artists
January 26, 2014
In Georgia, a movie theatre showing the film PT109 decorated its marquee with this message: "See how the Japs almost got Kennedy."Hating Kennedy
November 23, 2013
It is four years since the Republicans have won a marquee race in Virginia, and now both Virginia senators are Democrats.Election Night 2013: The Center Speaks
November 6, 2013
They took him up to the marquee of the Surgeon of the Division.Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals
William H. Armstrong
The sentry has forsaken his post, leaving the marquee unguarded.The Lone Ranche
Captain Mayne Reid
But the band is striking up; we must adjourn to the marquee.
But pardon me: we are nearing the marquee; the band is striking up, and, alas!
He said that he would see and led her across the enclosure toward the marquee.Aladdin of London
Sir Max Pemberton
- a large tent used for entertainment, exhibition, etc
- Also called: marquise mainly US and Canadian a canopy over the entrance to a theatre, hotel, etc
- (modifier) mainly US and Canadian celebrated or pre-eminenta marquee player
Word Origin and History for marquee
1680s, "large tent," from French marquise (mistaken in English as a plural) "linen canopy placed over an officer's tent to distinguish it from others,' " fem. of marquis (see marquis), and perhaps indicating "a place suitable for a marquis." Sense of "canopy over the entrance to a hotel or theater, etc." first recorded 1912 in American English.