[ mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze ]

noun,plural mar·che·si [mahr-key-zee Italian mahr-ke-zee]. /mɑrˈkeɪ zi Italian mɑrˈkɛ zi/.
  1. an Italian nobleman, equivalent in rank to a marquis.

Origin of marchese

From Italian, dating back to 1510–20; see origin at marquis

Words Nearby marchese Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use marchese in a sentence

  • In his GQ cover story on Kunis last year, David marchese ended the interview by, yes, asking her out.

    Is Mila Kunis Good for Men? | Danielle Friedman | July 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • I tell the marchese that if he is so fond of the musty Middle Ages he ought to go about in armour himself by rights.

    Olive in Italy | Moray Dalton
  • Their placidity amused the marchese, and so did the thought of the little scene that he knew was being enacted in the library.

    Olive in Italy | Moray Dalton
  • Mr Marvel stood up and bowed as she passed, and the silent, saturnine marchese stared.

    Olive in Italy | Moray Dalton
  • As the Prince and the marchese stood together by the fireplace at the other end of the long room Mamie joined them.

    Olive in Italy | Moray Dalton
  • And he plunged his stiletto within the bosom of the marchese.

    Auriol | W. Harrison Ainsworth

British Dictionary definitions for marchese


/ Italian (marˈkeːze) /

nounplural -si (-zi)
  1. (in Italy) a nobleman ranking below a prince and above a count; marquis

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