Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The wife or widow of a marquis.
  • noun Used as a title for a marquise.
  • noun A finger ring set with a pointed oval stone or cluster of pointed oval stones.
  • noun A pointed oval shape of a gem.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In France, the wife of a marquis; a marchioness.
  • noun A small parasol or sunshade, usually of silk and often trimmed with lace, in use about 1850.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Same as marquee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The wife of a marquis; a marchioness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French, feminine of marquis, marquis; see marquis.]

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From French marquise

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

  • 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 — Complete

  • 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

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

    Complete Project Gutenberg Georg Ebers Works

  • 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)

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

    March 8, 2008