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n. (mär-kē′)
1. pl. mar·quis (-kēz′)
a. A nobleman ranking below a duke and above an earl or a count.
b. Used as a title for such a nobleman.
2. pl. mar·quis·es (-kwĭ-sĭz) (mär′kwĭs) Variant of marquess.

[Partly from French marquis and partly from Middle English marques, both from Old French marquis, marchis, from marche, border country, of Germanic origin; see merg- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈmɑːkwɪs; mɑːˈkiː; French marki)
n, pl -quises or -quis
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in various countries) a nobleman ranking above a count, corresponding to a British marquess. The title of marquis is often used in place of that of marquess
[C14: from Old French marchis, literally: count of the march, from marche march2]


(Biography) Don(ald Robert Perry). 1878–1937, US humorist; author of archy and mehitabel (1927)


(ˈmɑr kwɪs, mɑrˈki)

n., pl. -quis•es, -quis (-ˈkiz)
a European nobleman ranking below a duke and above a count.
[1250–1300; < Middle French < Italian marchese < Medieval Latin *(comēs) marc(h)ēnsis (count) of a borderland. See march2, -ese]
mar′quis•ate (-kwə zɪt) n.


(ˈmɑr kwɪs)

Don(ald Robert Perry), 1878–1937, U.S. humorist.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Marquis - humorist who wrote about the imaginary life of cockroaches (1878-1937)
2.marquis - nobleman (in various countries) ranking above a countmarquis - nobleman (in various countries) ranking above a count
noble, nobleman, Lord - a titled peer of the realm


marquess [ˈmɑːkwɪs] nmarchese m
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For the customary attentions of your Marquis of Montcalm--I warrant me, Duncan, that he of Lothian would buy a dozen such marquisates--but if the news of the letter were bad, the gentility of this French monsieur would certainly compel him to let us know it.
The guv'ner" had made threats to disinherit another of his children also, sister Gwendolen, who had married an Italian marquis with a string of titles and a dueling record.
My mother's name is Aurelia Randall; our names are Hannah Lucy Randall, Rebecca Rowena Randall, John Halifax Randall, Jenny Lind Randall, Marquis Randall, Fanny Ellsler Randall, and Miranda Randall.
As the tall man suddenly got up from the ground, and came running at the carriage, Monsieur the Marquis clapped his hand for an instant on his sword-hilt.
added Prince John, without heeding him, ``and there is my Mammon of unrighteousness too the Marquis of Marks, the Baron of Byzants, contesting for place with penniless dogs, whose threadbare cloaks have not a single cross in their pouches to keep the devil from dancing there.
I should not have dwelt so long upon this particular, if it had not been a point wherein the reputation of a great lady is so nearly concerned, to say nothing of my own; though I then had the honour to be a NARDAC, which the treasurer himself is not; for all the world knows, that he is only a GLUMGLUM, a title inferior by one degree, as that of a marquis is to a duke in England; yet I allow he preceded me in right of his post.
Finding, then, that, in fact he could not move, he thought himself of having recourse to his usual remedy, which was to think of some passage in his books, and his craze brought to his mind that about Baldwin and the Marquis of Mantua, when Carloto left him wounded on the mountain side, a story known by heart by the children, not forgotten by the young men, and lauded and even believed by the old folk; and for all that not a whit truer than the miracles of Mahomet.
Are you aware, marquis," said the jeering soldier, "that we still have six miles to go?
This transition costume, uniting as it did two centuries, was worn by the chevalier with the high-bred grace of an old French marquis, the secret of which is lost to France since the day when Fleury, Mole's last pupil, vanished.
Leisure and pleasure drift along, Beggar and marquis join the throng, And care, humility, rank, and pride In the sight of the flowers are laid aside.
Let us hope, my child," cried the marquis, "that M.
As he left no children, his estate was inherited by his nephew, from whom is descended the present Marquis of Normandy.

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