Definitions

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

  • n. See marchioness.
  • n. See marquee.
  • n. A finger ring set with a pointed oval stone or cluster of pointed oval stones.
  • n. A pointed oval shape of a gem.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A marchioness, especially one who is French
  • n. A marquee
  • n. An oval cut diamond with pointed ends
  • n. A canopy, usually of glass, set as a shelter over a door opening onto a terrace or pavement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The wife of a marquis; a marchioness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In France, the wife of a marquis; a marchioness.
  • n. A small parasol or sunshade, usually of silk and often trimmed with lace, in use about 1850.
  • n. In gem-cutting, an ellipsoidal double-pointed form of cut which has been used extensively for diamonds and the more brilliant stones, although many of the common stones, such as amethysts, etc., are now cut in this way. Also called navette.
  • n. A light shelter over an entrance doorway: usually carried on brackets or cantalivers, more rarely on slender posts. The roofing itself is often of glass.
  • n. Same as marquee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a noblewoman ranking below a duchess and above a countess
  • n. permanent canopy over an entrance of a hotel etc.

Etymologies

French, feminine of marquis, marquis; see marquis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French marquise (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Louis XIV had already given her pensions and gifts of money in appreciation for her care of his children, and in February of the next year he conferred upon her the title marquise de Maintenon.

    Louis XIV's Secret Wife

  • The "little marquise" is said to have died in child-bed at the Hague, in 1661.

    Letters from Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple (1652-54)

  • Though the marquise was a handsome and clever woman, her rivals took delight in comparing her with her sister-inlaw, with all the more point because the countess was a dozen years younger.

    A Daughter of Eve

  • Wits, authors, poets, artists, statesmen, whose words could change the fate of Europe, were proud to call the marquise friend.

    Marie Gourdon A Romance of the Lower St. Lawrence

  • The marquise was the wife of the man, who broke his plighted faith to the young Fraulein Van Hoogstraten.

    The Burgomaster's Wife — Volume 03

  • Notwithstanding an evil report circulated against her by Mme. d'Espard, the princesse told Daniel d'Arthez that the marquise was her best friend; she was related to her.

    Repertory of the Comedie Humaine Part 1

  • The marquise found Desgrais at the appointed spot: he gave her his arm then holding her hand in his own, he gave a sign, the archers appeared, the lover threw off his mask, Desgrais was confessed, and the marquise was his prisoner.

    Celebrated Crimes (Complete)

  • Then the doctor, who had mounted with a step less firm than hers, came and knelt beside her, but turned in the other direction, so that he might whisper in her ear -- that is, the marquise faced the river, and the doctor faced the Hotel de Ville.

    Celebrated Crimes (Complete)

  • As the house of the marquise was the very last at which, after the manner of his leaving it the day before, the chevalier was expected at such an hour, he got in with the greatest ease, and, meeting a lady's-maid, who was in his interests, was taken to the room where the marquise was.

    Celebrated Crimes (Complete)

  • "Mason and Slidell" fame, a "marquise," in thread lace and velvet, her sisters, the Misses Deslonde, "peasant girls of France."

    Social life in old New Orleans : being recollections of my girlhood,

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  • Or the spawn of 50 ('fiddy') cent.

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