from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The wife or widow of a marquis.
- n. A noblewoman ranking above a countess and below a duchess. Also called marquise.
- n. Used as a title for such a noblewoman.
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- n. The wife of a marquess.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The wife or the widow of a marquis; a woman who has the rank and dignity of a marquis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wife or widow of a marquis.—2. A size of slate measuring 22 inches by 11.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a noblewoman ranking below a duchess and above a countess
- n. the wife or widow of a marquis
Medieval Latin marchiōnissa, feminine of marchiō, marchiōn-, marquis, from marca, boundary, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)