- marquand, john phillips,
- marquesas islands,
Origin of marque1
Origin of marque2
Examples from the Web for marque
They would start legally enough, for they began as privateersmen under legal letters of marque in the wars.The Quaker Colonies|Sydney G. Fisher
Letters of Marque were granted by the Governor of the Mauritius.
Two footmen rushed forward under the marque, and a third at the head of the stairs began walking in front of him.Sentimental Education Vol 1|Gustave Flaubert
I take them to be merchantmen with letters of marque (privateers), and homeward bound.
When privateers are taken by other countries, they are always taken by their vessels of war, and seldom by letters of marque.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
Word Origin 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.