Definition of maquis in English:


Syllabification: ma·quis
Pronunciation: /mäˈkē

noun (plural same)

1 (the Maquis) The French resistance movement during the German occupation (1940–45).
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  • It was common knowledge that the Maquis had waged an attack on German guards that very morning and had freed as many as three hundred American prisoners of war.
  • I also pointed out that the Maquis were not a force resisting colonialism in the sense of the term we understand either in the Raj or in Iraq.
  • It was at that time that the Maquis became a potent force of the resistance movement.
1.1A member of the Maquis.
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  • We meet Gaspar, the bull-necked boss of the local Maquis, obviously still enraged by the compliance of his neighbours.
  • At the drop area the Maquis failed to flash their reception lights and caused the mission to be aborted.
  • There were 22,000 German troops in the area and initially 3-4,000 Maquis.
2Dense scrub vegetation consisting of hardy evergreen shrubs and small trees, characteristic of coastal regions in the Mediterranean.
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  • In the same area, H. spontaneum also occupies an array of secondary habitats, such as open Mediterranean maquis, abandoned fields, and roadsides.
  • Its roots grow deep in the rocky earth of maquis and chaparral.
  • It's an island where isolated villages cling precariously to crags, wild boar snuffle for food and bees grow drunk on the nectar from the maquis - the fragrant scrub that cloaks the island's ancient bones.


early 19th century (sense 2): from French, 'brushwood', from Corsican Italian macchia.

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