American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The wife or widow of a marchese.
- n. An Italian noblewoman ranking above a countess and below a princess.
- n. Used as the title for such a noblewoman.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Italian marchioness; a lady having the rank of marchioness.
- Italian, feminine of marchese, marchese; see marchese. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Where can I buythe marchesa dress that she wore while singing “Untouchable”?”
“The marchesa allowed Helma to live in her attic for a couple of weeks—until one day she decided that her presence was too dangerous.”
““De Ludo Scachorum” was written during this time and dedicated to the marchesa and her husband, Francesco Gonzaga.”
“The marchesa, when she saw him, enquired, with a look that expressed much, how he had engaged himself of late, and completely frustrated his plans for the evening, by requiring him to attend her to Portici.”
“But Miss Petrie no doubt knew that the eldest son of an English lord was at least as good as an Italian marchesa.”
“The marchesa was still handsome, in spite of increasing weight.”
“The marchesa momentarily turned a concerned countenance.”
“Really, I must speak to the marchesa -- parents are so slow to see the differences in their own family.”
“And at London he had arrived, travelling by ruinously easy stages, and breaking the journey at Florence, where he sketched and smoked pipes innumerable on the Lung Arno; at Venice, where he affected cigarettes, and indulged in a desperate flirtation with a pretty black-eyed marchesa; at Monaco, where he gambled; and at Paris, where he spent his winnings, and foregathered with his friends of the Quartier Latin.”
“Peter junior, who never interrupted (though he, too, had a quick mind), knew as well as if she had gone on that his mother meant: "I don't know if Ena will think a homemade coverlet of crocheted lace smart enough for a real, live _marchesa_, but I feel I should like to make my daughter some bridal present with my own hands.”
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