from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The rank or territory of a marquis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The territory held by a marquis or margrave.
- n. The state or rank of a marquis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The seigniory, dignity, or lordship of a marquis; the territory governed by a marquis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The dignity or lordship of a marquis; when used with reference to Germany, a margravate.
All this internal chain of feudal dependance is artificial and sophisticated; and I would rather hold the baton of my poor marquisate with a firm gripe, and wield it after my pleasure, than the sceptre of a monarch, to be in effect restrained and curbed by the will of as many proud feudal barons as hold land under the Assizes of Jerusalem.
In a word, our interests bind us together; for think not, Lord Grand Master, that, were these allied princes to regain Jerusalem, and place a king of their own choosing there, they would suffer your Order, any more than my poor marquisate, to retain the independence which we now hold.
The fine marquisate of Froidfond was accordingly conveyed down the gullet of Monsieur Grandet, who, to the great astonishment of Saumur, paid for it, under proper discount, with the usual formalities.
If you are but little known at Paris, you may there be a count or a marquis as long as you please; if you are connected with the law of finance, though the king should confer on you a real marquisate, you will not, therefore, be monsieur le marquis.
Now, if the marquisate is dangled out of his reach, he will have no thoughts to spare from himself.
The royal house of Prussia, the Hohenzollerns, had obtained the marquisate of Brandenburg only in the fifteenthcentury; and Brandenburg, with its sterile soil and dreary bogs, was an ambiguous prize—the “sandbox of the Holy Roman Empire.”
“It is a very ancient marquisate,” said Goupil, maliciously; “which will soon be worth in your hands fifty thousand francs a year; that means a capital of more than two millions as money is now.”
He had won money of the most august personages of the realm: he had won his marquisate, it was said, at the gaming-table; but he did not like an allusion to those bygone fredaines.
The most agreeable apples Smollett tasted, stated to come from the marquisate of Final, sold by the Emperor Charles VI. to the Genoese.
A man in this country may buy a marquisate, or a county, for the value of three or four hundred pounds sterling, and the title follows the fief; but he may purchase lettres de noblesse for about thirty or forty guineas.