Definition of marchioness in English:


Syllabification: mar·chion·ess
Pronunciation: /ˈmärSH(ə)nəs


1The wife or widow of a marquess.
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  • A month later the new marquis was without a marchioness; his wife Carolyn filed for divorce.
  • When he learned of her deed, Audubon wrote to his wife that the marchioness had pasted the birds ‘on the walls of one of her Superb Rooms.’
  • They watched as the marquess and his new marchioness performed the extraordinary feat of holding their breath for some time.
1.1A woman holding the rank of marquess in her own right.


late 16th century: from medieval Latin marchionissa, feminine of marchio(n-) 'ruler of a border territory', from marcha 'march' (see march2).

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