Definition of marquess in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːkwəs/


A British nobleman ranking above an earl and below a duke. Compare with marquis.
Example sentences
  • The territorial power of the English magnates (the barons, viscounts, earls, marquesses, and dukes in ascending order of status) was crucial to the peace of the realm and the success of royal government.
  • The wives of a king, prince, duke, marquess, earl, viscount and baron are queen, princess, duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess and baroness respectively.
  • Despite the fall of the wealth of Britain's aristocracy over the last century, the titled still have a heavy presence with the Queen, 10 dukes, seven marquesses, 19 earls, seven viscounts and 24 lords still leaping in the list.


Early 16th century: variant of marquis.

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