[mah-rey; French ma-re]

noun, plural ma·rais [mah-reyz; French ma-re] /mɑˈreɪz; French maˈrɛ/. Gulf States (chiefly Louisiana ).

a swamp or bayou.

Origin of marais

1785–95; < North American French, French; Old French mareis < Old Low Franconian *marisk; see marsh




Ma·rin [ma-ran] /maˈrɛ̃/, 1656–1728, French viola da gamba player and composer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • We are improving the drama greatly; and the Marais has a good troupe, they tell me.

    Lord Montagu's Page

    G. P. R. James

  • Raymond took up his abode in the Marais, where he lived respected.

    The Sharper Detected and Exposed

    Jean-Eugne Robert-Houdin

  • The summer night was hot and still; not a ripple of air swept over the marais.

    Bayou Folk

    Kate Chopin

  • This was also in the Marais, and not ten minutes' walk from my own obscure lodging.

    Mohawks, Volume 2 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • They lived in the Marais, then the theatrical quarter of Paris.