from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Italian nobleman ranking above a count and below a prince.
  • n. Used as the title for such a nobleman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Italian nobleman ranking between a duke and a count; a marquis.


Italian, from Medieval Latin (comēs) marcēnsis, (count) of the border, from marca, border region, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • There was nothing for it but to find some snug little marquisate -- "marchese" sounded very well, though one could not be called


  • But once a "marchese," if she was very charitable, and did something in the way of a public work, the Holy


  • The marchese (marquis) would know; he's related to most of it.

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  • It was the elder marchese who dreamed of creating a wine like the great Bordeaux reds he loved ... but on the Maremma coast, in an area around Bolgheri previously known for bottling occasionally passable rosé.

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  • The Marquis, 69-years-old, tall, with ramrod-straight posture and a shock of white hair, often dresses in elegant tweeds and corduroy; employees address him by his nobleman's title, marchese

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  • This reserve is in some measure excusable among a people who are extremely ignorant of foreign customs, and who know that in their own country, every person, even the most insignificant, who has any pretensions to family, either inherits, or assumes the title of principe, conte, or marchese.

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  • His Holiness, however, seemed displeased by our defense of the marchese.

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  • We endeavored, however, to excuse the marchese by saying that he, a high-minded man, could not close his domain to such as wished to come to him, especially when they were people of importance, and we used every argument to defend him.

    Lucretia Borgia According to Original Documents and Correspondence of Her Day

  • "_Mon Dieu_," as the widow, pulling one side of her veil across her face, hid her over-crimson mouth, but in no way impeded her view, whilst Jill looked round hastily for a way of escape, but suddenly remembering the certain peril in the street decided, as she edged as far as possible from the marchese, to sit out the difficulties of the moment.

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  • "The marchese, sometimes, and the canons of the Collegiate Church."

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