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)