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marchioness

[ mahr-shuh-nis, mahr-shuh-nes ]

noun

, British.


marchioness

/ ˈmɑːʃənɪs; ˌmɑːʃəˈnɛs /

noun

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


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Gender Note

See -ess.
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Word History and Origins

Origin of marchioness1

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

Origin of marchioness1

C16: from Medieval Latin marchionissa, feminine of marchiō marquis
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Example Sentences

The words of her daughter had put the Marchioness to silence, and she leaned upon the shoulder of Louis, drowned in tears.

He had written his name with pencil upon a leaf which he tore from his pocket-book, and sent it to the Marchioness.

The Marchioness observed a brilliant flush shoot over the face of her auditor, as he bowed his head to her last words.

He took the seat offered to him, by the Marchioness; and listened to her conversation with soothed attention.

In hopes to sooth him, the Marchioness asked two or three questions respecting Wharton.

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