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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.]
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marquis(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)
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mar•quis(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.
Don(ald Robert Perry), 1878–1937, U.S. humorist.
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|Noun||1.||Marquis - humorist who wrote about the imaginary life of cockroaches (1878-1937)|
|2.||marquis - nobleman (in various countries) ranking above a count|
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