- a nobleman ranking next below a duke and above an earl or count.
Origin of marquis
- Don(ald Robert Perry),1878–1937, U.S. humorist and poet.
Examples from the Web for marquis
The French aristocrat Marquis de Sade once said that “It is only by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.”The Twisted Sadism of ‘Borgman’
June 28, 2014
Her husband was the Marquis of Lorne when she married him, later the 9th Duke of Argyll.Queen Victoria's Illegitimate Grandchild
November 28, 2013
Marquis says online ads, phone calls, and follow-up emails soliciting money directly for Ken Cuccinelli will follow shortly.
Marquis et al. are looking to fry a much bigger, much blonder political fish.
That same evening, they are entertaining a local landowner, the Marquis de Cambremer.David's Bookclub: Sodom and Gomorrah
September 29, 2012
The Marquis found Vienna less gay than it was on his former visit.
But the Marquis has no mercy on the performances of poor Miss Pardoe.
The Marquis made a round of the principal of those mansions.
The Marquis had naturally expected to find him in the midst of pomp.
Cannot we go to them, who do not seek the hospitality of the marquis?Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- (in various countries) a nobleman ranking above a count, corresponding to a British marquess. The title of marquis is often used in place of that of marquess
- Don (ald Robert Perry). 1878–1937, US humorist; author of archy and mehitabel (1927)
Word Origin and History for marquis
also marquess, c.1300, title of nobility, from Old French marchis, literally "ruler of a border area," from Old French marche "frontier," from Medieval Latin marca "frontier, frontier territory" (see march (n.1)). Originally the ruler of border territories in various European regions (e.g. Italian marchese, Spanish marqués); later a mere title of rank, below duke and above count. Related: Marquisate.