from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from The 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)


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  • But Miss Petrie no doubt knew that the eldest son of an English lord was at least as good as an Italian marchesa.

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  • The marchesa was still handsome, in spite of increasing weight.

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  • The marchesa momentarily turned a concerned countenance.

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  • Really, I must speak to the marchesa -- parents are so slow to see the differences in their own family.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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