marquise

[ 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.
Jewelry.
  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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH marquise

marque marquee marquess marquis marquise
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British Dictionary definitions for marquise

marquise
/ (mɑːˈkiːz, French markiz) /

noun

(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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