noun, plural ma·quis [mah-keez, ma-; French ma-kee] /mɑˈkiz, mæ-; French maˈki/.
Origin of maquis
Origin of maqui
Examples from the Web for maquis
Historical Examples of maquis
"My future sister-in-law doesn't like the maquis," laughed Colomba.
You must get on his back, and come with me to the Stazzona maquis.
A dog ran out of the maquis, and when the girl called out "Brusco!"
I had a guide with me, for fear I should lose my way in the maquis.The Corsican Brothers
The Maquis took advantage of the silence which followed Vincent's criticism to rise from table.Pelham, Complete
noun plural -quis (-ˈkiː)
- the French underground movement that fought against the German occupying forces in World War II
- a member of this movement
Word Origin for maquis
1858, from French maquis "undergrowth, shrub," especially in reference to the dense scrub of certain Mediterranean coastal regions, long the haunts of outlaws and fugitives, from Corsican Italian macchia "spot," from Latin macula "spot, stain;" the landscapes so called from their mottled appearance. Used figuratively of French resistance in World War II (1943). A member is a maquisard.