Definition of marquise in English:


Syllabification: mar·quise
Pronunciation: /märˈkēz


  • 1The wife or widow of a marquis. Compare with marchioness.
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    • ‘We have already agreed that this is the badge of a marquis or of a marquise,’ said he.
    • Parenthetically I would mention that the flirtatiously deferential pose of the woman in Morning, with her tilted head and averted eyes, highlights the surprisingly uncoquettish demeanor of the marquise.
    • The loss of her mother affected Marion's ability to sleep for more than one or two hours at a time, making her an ideal ‘busy girl’ for the marquise, who demands a servant's presence to guard her through the night.
  • 1.1A woman holding the rank of marquis in her own right.
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    • With her thirtieth year had come promotion to the rank of duchesse, although she preferred the tide of marquise.
    • Within four months the king made her marquise de Pompadour and pensioned her husband off to farm in the country.
    • She then became the official mistress of Louis XV and marquise before ending up as lady-in-waiting to the queen, de facto minister, and pious, platonic consort of the king.
  • 2A finger ring set with a pointed oval gem or cluster of gems.
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    • If you have short fingers or small hands wearing a marquise or oval shape diamond ring will wear your fingers look longer.
    • A five stone diamond, 18 carat gold eternity ring; an 18 carat gold marquise oval cluster ring; and an 18 carat gold single diamond twist ring were taken.
    • The reason it was newsworthy this time was the fact that she had been recently spotted sporting a huge marquise cut diamond ring on the all-important ring finger.
  • 3 archaic term for marquee ( sense 2).
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    • Pressed metal was widely used in the late 1800s and early 1900s to decorate ceilings and walls as well as exteriors such as store fronts, awnings, marquises and building cornices.
    • The world's most successful musical theater impresario had his muse and the muse had roles written for her and her name spelled with big letters on theater marquises.
  • 4A chilled dessert similar to a chocolate mousse.
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    • In comes a white chocolate marquise and a French brioche toast with strawberries and ice cream.
    • The chocolate marquise is fabulously simple, and if you wanted you could equally serve it frozen as a parfait.
    • The dark chocolate marquise with two chocolate sauces had hardly arrived at the table when it disappeared, testimony to its excellent flavour.


early 17th century: French, feminine of marquis.

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