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a. The wife or widow of a marquis.
b. See marchioness.
2. Used as a title for a marquise.
3. See marquee.
a. A finger ring set with a pointed oval stone or cluster of pointed oval stones.
b. A pointed oval shape of a gem.
[French , feminine of marquis, marquis (French marquise often being used in French attributively to describe things considered splendid and elegant); see marquis.]
marquise(mɑːˈkiːz; French markiz)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in various countries) another word for marchioness
a. a gemstone, esp a diamond, cut in a pointed oval shape and usually faceted
b. a piece of jewellery, esp a ring, set with such a stone or with an oval cluster of stones
3. (Architecture) another name for marquee2
[C18: from French, feminine of marquis]
n., pl. -quis•es.
1. the wife or widow of a marquis.
2. a woman holding a rank equal to that of a marquis.
a. Also called marquise′ cut`. a gem cut, esp. for a diamond, yielding a low pointed oval usu. with 58 facets.Compare brilliant cut, emerald cut.
b. a gem cut in this style.
[1700–10; < French: feminine of marquis marquis; (definition 4) < French marquise orig., a canopy over a tent]
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|Noun||1.||marquise - a noblewoman ranking below a duchess and above a countess|
|2.||marquise - permanent canopy over an entrance of a hotel etc.|
canopy - a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather