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Definition of "marquis" []

  • A nobleman ranking below a duke and above an earl or a count. (noun)
  • Used as a title for such a nobleman. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "marquis" in a sentence
  • "Days he lived in concealment, and after the second Restoration obtained the title marquis, and in 1819 introduced a motion in the chamber of peers tending to render the electoral law more aristocratic."
  • "As a last resort he called the marquis to him, and, while a tear stood on his rough cheek, drew a handful of money from his pocket."
  • "I have met a certain French marquis, who is attached to the Count de Moustier's embassy."