Origin of marchioness
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for marchioness
Their Majesties would notice also that it was in favour of the Marchioness of Morella.
As this marriage was null and void, there was no Marchioness of Morella.
Don't talk back to me: my daughter will be a marchioness in spite of everyone.The Middle Class Gentleman
They were opposed by the Marchioness of Salisbury, whom the Tories brought forward.Beaux and Belles of England
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
- the wife or widow of a marquis
- a woman who holds the rank of marquis
C16: from Medieval Latin marchionissa, feminine of marchiō marquis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for marchioness
16c., from Medieval Latin marchionissa, fem. of marchio "marquis," from marca (see marquis (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper