[mahr-keez; French mar-keez]

noun, plural mar·quis·es [mahr-kee-ziz; French mar-keez] /mɑrˈki zɪz; French marˈkiz/.

the wife or widow of a marquis.
a lady holding the rank equal to that of a marquis.
  1. Also called marquise cut.a gem cut, especially for a diamond, yielding a low pointed oval with many facets, usually 58.
  2. a gem cut in this style, especially a diamond.Compare navette.
(often used with a plural verb) British. marquee(def 3).
Also called marquise chair. French Furniture. a wide bergère.

Also British, marchioness (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of marquise

1700–10; < French; feminine of marquis
Can be confusedmarque marquee marquess marquis marquise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of marquise

  • In 1745, Louis XV took as mistress one of the most notorious celebrities in all of Europe, the Marquise de Pompadour.

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  • Mabille particularly likes Mata Hari or The Marquise de Montespan as women of intrigue.

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Historical Examples of marquise

British Dictionary definitions for marquise



(in various countries) another word for marchioness
  1. a gemstone, esp a diamond, cut in a pointed oval shape and usually faceted
  2. a piece of jewellery, esp a ring, set with such a stone or with an oval cluster of stones
another name for marquee (def. 2)

Word Origin for marquise

C18: from French, feminine of marquis
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