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 (mär-kā′zā, -kĕ′zĕ)
n. pl. mar·che·si (-zē)
1. An Italian nobleman ranking above a count and below a prince.
2. Used as the title for such a nobleman.

[Italian, from Medieval Latin (comēs) marcēnsis, (count) of the border, from marca, border region, of Germanic origin; see merg- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -si (-zi)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Italy) a nobleman ranking below a prince and above a count; marquis


(mɑrˈkeɪ zeɪ)

n., pl. -si (-zē).
an Italian nobleman equivalent in rank to a marquis.
[1510–20; < Italian; see marquis]
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