American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A nobleman ranking below a duke and above an earl or a count.
- n. Used as a title for such a nobleman.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Great Britain and France, and in other countries where corresponding titles exist, a nobleman whose rank is intermediate between that of an earl or count and that of a duke. A marquis was originally an officer charged with the government of a march or frontier territory; the title as an honorary dignity was first bestowed in England in 1386. Dukes have commonly the secondary title of marquis, which is used as the courtesy-title of their eldest sons. The wife of a marquis is styled marchioness. The coronet of an English marquis consists of a richly chased circle of gold, with four strawberry-leaves alternating with four balls or large pearls set on short points on its edge; the cap is of crimson velvet, with a gold tassel on the top, and turned up with ermine. See cut under
- n. A nobleman in England, France, and Germany, of a rank next below that of duke, but above a count. Originally, the marquis was an officer whose duty was to guard the marches or frontiers of the kingdom. The office has ceased, and the name is now a mere title conferred by patent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A nobleman in England, France, and Germany, of a rank next below that of duke. Originally, the marquis was an officer whose duty was to guard the marches or frontiers of the kingdom. The office has ceased, and the name is now a mere title conferred by patent.
- n. nobleman (in various countries) ranking above a count
- n. humorist who wrote about the imaginary life of cockroaches (1878-1937)
- French: marquis; Old French: markis, marchis; Late Latin: marchensis; Old High German: marcha. Frankish *marka, from Proto-Germanic *markō, from Proto-Indo-European *mereg- (“edge, boundary”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English marques, from Old French marchis, marquis, from marche, border country, of Germanic origin; see merg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Days he lived in concealment, and after the second Restoration obtained the title marquis, and in 1819 introduced a motion in the chamber of peers tending to render the electoral law more aristocratic.”
“As a last resort he called the marquis to him, and, while a tear stood on his rough cheek, drew a handful of money from his pocket.”
“I have met a certain French marquis, who is attached to the Count de Moustier's embassy.”
“Frederick went to his room to seek his note-book, and place his letters upon the table, but, before he returned, he called the marquis to him.”
“Basically, I became a marchioness because I married a marquis," she says patiently, "and a marquis is the son of a duke.”
“The marquis was a fine sportsman and competed in the last London Olympic Games in 1948 when representing Italy at polo.”
“A marquis was a rank something like Orminy," said Sade.”
“The Florentines recalled the marquis of Ferrara, and engaged the marquis of Mantua; they also as earnestly requested the Venetians to send them Count Carlo, son of”
“According to Lafayette in his Mémoires, Clinton was so sure of his success in advance that he invited a number of ladies and gentlemen to a party in Philadelphia where the marquis was to be the featured guest.”
“KRAMER: Well, the marquis is a kind of rank in the French aristocratic hierarchy.”
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