- letter of marque.
- Obsolete. seizure by way of reprisal or retaliation.
Origin of marque1
- a product model or type, as of a luxury or racing car.
Origin of marque2
- a city in SE coastal Texas.
Examples from the Web for marque
Letters of Marque were granted by the Governor of the Mauritius.Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea
Charles H. L. Johnston
Also a colloquialism for marque, as a letter of mart or marque.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
And what did your letters of marque say as to the Portuguese slaver we sank in the Gaboons?Athelstane Ford
Of course we are really a trader, though we do carry a letter of marque.Held Fast For England
G. A. Henty
"You mean she is able to see anybody on the platform," said Marque, confused and astounded.The Gay Rebellion
Robert W. Chambers
- a brand of product, esp of a car
- an emblem or nameplate used to identify a product, esp a car
- See letter of marque
Word Origin and History for marque
"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.