1The wife or widow of a marquess.
More example sentences
- 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.
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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