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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.]


(mɑːˈkiːz; French markiz)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in various countries) another word for marchioness
2. (Jewellery)
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marquise - a noblewoman ranking below a duchess and above a countessmarquise - a noblewoman ranking below a duchess and above a countess
noblewoman, peeress, Lady - a woman of the peerage in Britain
2.marquise - permanent canopy over an entrance of a hotel etc.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
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Menetrier, leader of the ballet, became Marquise de Cussy.
Hearing that "Yes," Madame de Troisville, the daughter of the Princess Scherbellof, and the old Marquise de Casteran came up and joined the chevalier, together with Mademoiselle Armande.
In character she seemed to me to resemble the Comtesse de Lignolles and the Marquise de B , two feminine types always fresh in the memory of any young man who has read Louvet's romance.
Ah," said the Marquise de Saint-Meran, a woman with a stern, forbidding eye, though still noble and distinguished in appearance, despite her fifty years -- "ah, these revolutionists, who have driven us from those very possessions they afterwards purchased for a mere trifle during the Reign of Terror, would be compelled to own, were they here, that all true devotion was on our side, since we were content to follow the fortunes of a falling monarch, while they, on the contrary, made their fortune by worshipping the rising sun; yes, yes, they could not help admitting that the king, for whom we sacrificed rank, wealth, and station was truly our `Louis the well-beloved,' while their wretched usurper his been, and ever will be, to them their evil genius, their `Napoleon the accursed.
Madame de Saintot has hastened to him with broth; La Renaudot warms his sheets; the Marquise de Rambouillet sends him his tisanes.
I shall go to court this evening, to a great ball, Madame la Marquise de Dolomien and the Aide de Camp de Service having just notified me that I am invited.
For instance, on more than one occasion I have tried to pick a quarrel even with Monsieur le Marquise here; and, under the circumstances, he had no choice but to answer me.
Mademoiselle Louise Francoise de la Baume le Blanc, the daughter of the Marquise de la Valliere," said Madame, ceremoniously.
LADY MARKBY is a pleasant, kindly, popular woman, with gray hair e la marquise and good lace.
Was she a countess, a marquise, a kind of historical formation?
After a time it became known that Totski had married a French marquise, and was to be carried off by her to Paris, and then to Brittany.
Thus the captain touchingly recounted the story of his love for a fascinating marquise of thirty-five and at the same time for a charming, innocent child of seventeen, daughter of the bewitching marquise.