What would Lady Railton do, with her sublimated notions of marquises and dukes?
Betty was always great on the subject of dukes and marquises.
To this day, in fact, there are reigning families descended from Frankish marquises and counts.
The servant submitted, and the two marquises stood face to face.
It is sufficient to say that he is the literary Sir Joshua Reynolds of the post-revolution vicomtes and marquises.
I greatly hope not, but our marquises will not come amongst us again.
Then there were real counts, and dukes, and marquises in Newport.
Lucca was the old seat of the dukes and marquises of Tuscany.
Suppose it had been decreed by Nature that you and I should be marquises?
What--are there no marquises, no dukes, for such perfection?
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.