noun, plural mar·quis·es [mahr-kwi-siz,] /ˈmɑr kwɪ sɪz,/ mar·quis [mahr-keez; French mar-kee] /mɑrˈkiz; French marˈki/.
Origin of marquis
Definition for marquis (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for marquis
The French aristocrat Marquis de Sade once said that “It is only by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.”
Her husband was the Marquis of Lorne when she married him, later the 9th Duke of Argyll.
Marquis says online ads, phone calls, and follow-up emails soliciting money directly for Ken Cuccinelli will follow shortly.
Marquis et al. are looking to fry a much bigger, much blonder political fish.
That same evening, they are entertaining a local landowner, the Marquis de Cambremer.
We glance over the record of the Cecils, for instance, to find that the present Marquis Pg.James Watt|Andrew Carnegie
It was not long before their curiosity was satisfied; the marquis came in almost immediately, supported by two servants.Captain Paul|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The noble Marquis consequently hoped that the Trojan horse would not be allowed to come within the walls of Parliament.The Grand Old Man|Richard B. Cook
His successor was the Marquis of Maillebois, who landed in Corsica in spring with a large force.Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2|Ferdinand Gregorovius
Had not the marquis said that he was too handsome for a priest?The Grey Cloak|Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for marquis (1 of 2)
noun plural -quises or -quis
Word Origin for marquis
British Dictionary definitions for marquis (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for marquis
also marquess, c.1300, title of nobility, from Old French marchis, literally "ruler of a border area," from Old French marche "frontier," from Medieval Latin marca "frontier, frontier territory" (see march (n.1)). Originally the ruler of border territories in various European regions (e.g. Italian marchese, Spanish marqués); later a mere title of rank, below duke and above count. Related: Marquisate.