[ mahr-keez; French mar-keez ]
/ mɑrˈkiz; French marˈkiz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. marquette, jacques,
  2. marquis,
  3. marquis of queensberry rules,
  4. marquis, don,
  5. marquisate,
  6. marquisette,
  7. marrakech,
  8. marrakesh,
  9. marram grass,
  10. marranism

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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British Dictionary definitions for marquise


/ (mɑːˈkiːz, French markiz) /


(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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