marque

1
[ mahrk ]
/ mɑrk /
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noun

Obsolete. seizure by way of reprisal or retaliation.

Nearby words

  1. marplot,
  2. marprelate,
  3. marq.,
  4. marquand,
  5. marquand, john phillips,
  6. marquee,
  7. marquesan,
  8. marquesas islands,
  9. marquess,
  10. marquessate

Origin of marque

1
1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Provençal marca seizure by warrant (orig. token) < Germanic; see mark1

marque

2
[ mahrk ]
/ mɑrk /

noun

a product model or type, as of a luxury or racing car.

Origin of marque

2
1905–10; < French: literally, mark, sign, noun derivative of marquer to mark, probably dial. derivative of Old French merc, merche boundary, boundary marker < Old Norse merki (from same Germanic base as march2, mark1, marque1

La Marque

[ luh-mahrk ]
/ ləˈmɑrk /

noun

a city in SE coastal Texas.
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British Dictionary definitions for marque

marque

/ (mɑːk) /

noun

a brand of product, esp of a car
an emblem or nameplate used to identify a product, esp a car

Word Origin for marque

from French, from marquer to mark 1

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Word Origin and History for marque

marque

n.

"seizure by way of reprisal," mid-15c., in letters of marque "official permission to capture enemy merchant ships," from Anglo-French mark (mid-14c.), via Old French from Old Provençal marca "reprisal," from marcar "seize as a pledge, mark," probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German marchon "delimit, mark;" see mark (n.1)), but the sense evolution is difficult.

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