marchesa

[ mahr-key-zuh; Italian mahr-ke-zah ]
/ mɑrˈkeɪ zə; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zɑ /

noun, plural mar·che·se [mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze]. /mɑrˈkeɪ zeɪ; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zɛ/.

an Italian noblewoman, equivalent in rank to a marquise.
the wife or widow of a marchese.

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Origin of marchesa

1790–1800; <Italian; feminine of marchese
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British Dictionary definitions for marchesa

marchesa
/ Italian (marˈkeːza) /

noun plural -se (-ze)

(in Italy) the wife or widow of a marchese; marchioness
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