Definition of marquee in English:


Syllabification: mar·quee
Pronunciation: /märˈkē


  • 1North American A rooflike projection over the entrance to a theater, hotel, or other building.
    More example sentences
    • Along the sidewalks, giant signs and marquees hung from the buildings.
    • Why do people still travel to New York to write musicals despite the comparatively few new author names on Broadway marquees?
    • Two hours before the first show in York, the crowd was queuing beneath the theatre marquee that read ‘Bingo every night (except Thursday)’.
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Leading; preeminent: a marquee player
    [with allusion to the practice of billing the name of an entertainer on the marquee (i.e., awning) over the entrance to a theater]
    More example sentences
    • Why is it that marquee players from European countries are eager to represent their country while getting Canadian players is often an onerous chore?
    • The rise of salary caps, luxury taxes and the like in professional sports has forced even comparatively wealthy franchises to lure marquee players with different kinds of incentives.
    • But those marquee players deplete the budget even more.
  • 2chiefly British A large tent used for social or commercial functions.
    More example sentences
    • Organisers are planning to have lots of stalls and attractions - and are desperate for donations of tents and marquees to provide shelter for these.
    • In addition to the experienced teams involved in rapidly erecting and dismantling marquees and tents, the company is also now organising lighting facilities and generator capacity.
    • The initial concept is that the event might be similar to the book festival, which fills Charlotte Square with marquees, with individual tents showcasing different aspects.


late 17th century: from marquise, taken as plural and assimilated to -ee.

More definitions of marquee

Definition of marquee in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea