[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.
the wife or widow of a marchese.

Origin of marchesa

1790–1800; < Italian; feminine of marchese


[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

From Italian, dating back to 1510–20; see origin at marquis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for marchese's


noun plural -se (-ze)

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


noun plural -si (-zi)

(in Italy) a nobleman ranking below a prince and above a count; marquis
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