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marquee

Syllabification: mar·quee
Pronunciation: /märˈkē
 
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Definition of marquee in English:

noun

1North American A rooflike projection over the entrance to a theater, hotel, or other building.
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.
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with marquee

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