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

  • n. Variant of marquis.

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  • n. A title of nobility, ranking beneath a duke and above an earl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A marquis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See marquis.

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

  • n. nobleman (in various countries) ranking above a count
  • n. a British peer ranking below a duke and above an earl


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  • A marquess was a sort of gone-off duke; even in this democratic age, he would have some influence, one supposed.

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  • Lest you picture me cowering in this cupboard to escape some hulking brute of a husband, let me assure you that the marquess has been the very model of solicitousness.

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  • The wife of a marquess is a marchioness, the wife of an earl is a countess earl is the British equivalent of count, the wife of a viscount is a viscountess, the wife of a baron is a baroness.

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  • "It seems presumptuous to call a marquess's heir Josh."

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  • I explained that she was a great lady and was to marry a marquess, that is a much more important person than an earl.

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  • A county on the border with a particularly dangerous neighbour was referred to as a 'march' and its ruler as a "marquess" in English or a "marquis" in French.

  • As for her rank, she would only be “Lady Firstname Lastname” if her father or brother was a duke, a marquess, or an earl.

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  • I think it's more likely that it commemorates the first marquess himself, rather than his son, as his name was also Arthur (as were all four of his predecessors as Earl of Donegall).

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  • It does make sense that the marquess, who basically owned Belfast, would commemorate his dead daughters in the streets built in the later eighteenth century; but looking at the geography, Arthur Street should have been constructed a few decades earlier.

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  • In 2007, the present marquess, Johnny Crichton-Stuart, sold another family seat, Dumfries House, to a consortium funded by the Prince of Wales and the Scottish government for £45m.

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