marque

1
[mahrk]

Origin of marque

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

marque

2
[mahrk]
noun
  1. 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]
noun
  1. a city in SE coastal Texas.
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British Dictionary definitions for marque

marque

noun
  1. a brand of product, esp of a car
  2. an emblem or nameplate used to identify a product, esp a car
  3. See letter of marque

Word Origin for marque

from French, from marquer to mark 1
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Word Origin and History for 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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