[ mahr-kwis, mahr-kee; French mar-kee ]
/ ˈmɑr kwɪs, mɑrˈki; French marˈki /

noun, plural mar·quis·es [mahr-kwi-siz,] /ˈmɑr kwɪ sɪz,/ mar·quis [mahr-keez; French mar-kee] /mɑrˈkiz; French marˈki/.

a nobleman ranking next below a duke and above an earl or count.
Also British, marquess.

Origin of marquis

1250–1300; Middle English markis < Middle French marquis < Italian marchese < Medieval Latin *(comēs) marc(h)ēnsis (count) of a borderland. See march2, -ese

Can be confused

marque marquee marquess marquis marquise

Definition for marquis (2 of 2)


[ mahr-kwis ]
/ ˈmɑr kwɪs /


Don(ald Robert Perry),1878–1937, U.S. humorist and poet. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for marquis (1 of 2)


/ (ˈmɑːkwɪs, mɑːˈkiː, French marki) /

noun plural -quises or -quis

(in various countries) a nobleman ranking above a count, corresponding to a British marquess. The title of marquis is often used in place of that of marquess

Word Origin for marquis

C14: from Old French marchis, literally: count of the march, from marche march ²

British Dictionary definitions for marquis (2 of 2)


/ (ˈmɑːkwɪs) /


Don (ald Robert Perry). 1878–1937, US humorist; author of archy and mehitabel (1927)
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