[mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze]
noun, plural mar·che·si [mahr-key-zee Italian mahr-ke-zee] /mɑrˈkeɪ zi Italian mɑrˈkɛ zi/.
an Italian nobleman, equivalent in rank to a marquis.
Origin of marchese
dating back to 1510–20;
see origin at marquis
[mahr-key-zuh; Italian mahr-ke-zah]
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.
Origin of marchesa
feminine of marchese
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for marchese
Historical Examples of marchese
The Marchese had brought Lorenzi to the house only a few weeks before.
The Marchese no longer troubled himself to deal to the others.
Ere he had made up his mind upon this point, the Marchese had lost the venture.
At length the Marchese had lost five hundred ducats to Casanova and Lorenzi.
The Marchese, who was in a jovial mood, opened a bank for them.
British Dictionary definitions for marchese
noun plural -si (-zi)
(in Italy) a nobleman ranking below a prince and above a count; marquis
noun plural -se (-ze)
(in Italy) the wife or widow of a marchese; marchioness
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