[mahr-keez; French mar-keez]
- the wife or widow of a marquis.
- a lady holding the rank equal to that of a marquis.
- Also called marquise cut.a gem cut, especially for a diamond, yielding a low pointed oval with many facets, usually 58.
- a gem cut in this style, especially a diamond.Compare navette.
- (often used with a plural verb) British. marquee(def 3).
- Also called marquise chair. French Furniture. a wide bergère.
Also British, marchioness (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of marquise
1700–10; < French; feminine of marquis
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Examples from the Web for marquise
A very poor woman, to whom I have sometimes given a little assistance, pretends to be a relation of the Marquise de Pompadour.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
The fair Marquise was more than a mere leader of wit and fashion.
Certain ciphers had to be used, and to these the Marquise had the key.
"There is a God in heaven, madame," she reminded the Marquise.
The Marquise stepped back a pace; idly, one might have thought; not so thought Garnache.
C18: from French, feminine of marquis
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