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[mahr-shuh-nis, mahr-shuh-nes]
noun British.
  1. marquise(defs 1, 2).
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Origin of marchioness

1770–80; < Medieval Latin marchiōnissa, equivalent to marchiōn- (stem of marchiō) marquis + -issa -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for marchioness

Historical Examples

  • Their Majesties would notice also that it was in favour of the Marchioness of Morella.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • As this marriage was null and void, there was no Marchioness of Morella.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Don't talk back to me: my daughter will be a marchioness in spite of everyone.

  • They were opposed by the Marchioness of Salisbury, whom the Tories brought forward.

  • Amelia is so massive and square; if the girl's so small she'd look like 'the Marchioness.'

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

British Dictionary definitions for marchioness


  1. the wife or widow of a marquis
  2. a woman who holds the rank of marquis
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Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin marchionissa, feminine of marchiō marquis
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Word Origin and History for marchioness


16c., from Medieval Latin marchionissa, fem. of marchio "marquis," from marca (see marquis (n.)).

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