[ mahr-kee ]
/ mɑrˈki /


a tall rooflike projection above a theater entrance, usually containing the name of a currently featured play or film and its stars.
a rooflike shelter, as of glass, projecting above an outer door and over a sidewalk or a terrace.
Also marquess, marquise. British. a large tent or tentlike shelter with open sides, especially one for temporary use in outdoor entertainments, receptions, etc.


superlative; headlining: a marquee basketball player.

Origin of marquee

1680–90; assumed singular of marquise, taken as plural

Can be confused

marque marquee marquess marquis marquise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for marquee


/ (mɑːˈkiː) /


a large tent used for entertainment, exhibition, etc
Also called: marquise mainly US and Canadian a canopy over the entrance to a theatre, hotel, etc
(modifier) mainly US and Canadian celebrated or pre-eminenta marquee player

Word Origin for marquee

C17 (originally an officer's tent): invented singular form of marquise, erroneously taken to be plural
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