noun Etymology: Medieval Latin marchionissa, from marchion-, marchio marquess, from marca Date: 1570 1. the wife or widow of a marquess 2. a woman who holds the rank of marquess in her own right

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  • Marchioness — Mar chion*ess, n. [LL. marchionissa, fr. marchio a marquis. See Marquis.] The wife or the widow of a marquis; a woman who has the rank and dignity of a marquis. Spelman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marchioness — 16c., from M.L. marchionissa, fem. of marchio marquis, from marca (see MARQUIS (Cf. marquis) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • marchioness — see marquess …   Modern English usage

  • marchioness — ► NOUN 1) the wife or widow of a marquess. 2) a woman holding the rank of marquess in her own right. ORIGIN Latin marchionissa, female ruler of a border territory …   English terms dictionary

  • marchioness — [mär′shən is, mär΄shən es′] n. [ML marchionissa, fem. of marchio, prefect of the marches < marcha, border < Frank * marka,MARK1] 1. the wife or widow of a marquess 2. a lady whose rank in her own right equals that of a marquess: See also… …   English World dictionary

  • marchioness — UK [ˌmɑː(r)ʃəˈnes] / US [ˈmɑrʃənəs] / US [ˌmɑrʃəˈnes] noun [countable] Word forms marchioness : singular marchioness plural marchionesses 1) the wife of a marquis 2) a woman of middle rank in the British nobility • See: marquess …   English dictionary

  • marchioness — [[t]mɑ͟ː(r)ʃəne̱s[/t]] marchionesses N COUNT; N TITLE A marchioness is the wife of a marquis, or a woman with the same rank as a marquis …   English dictionary

  • marchioness — /mahr sheuh nis, mahr sheuh nes /, n. Brit. marquise (defs. 1, 2). [1770 80; < ML marchionissa, equiv. to marchion (s. of marchio) MARQUIS + issa ESS] Usage. See ess. * * * …   Universalium

  • marchioness — noun ˈmɑɹʃənɨsmɑɹʃəˈnɛs The wife of a marquess …   Wiktionary

  • marchioness — mar|chio|ness [ˌma:ʃəˈnes US ˈma:rʃənıs] n 1.) the wife of a ↑marquis 2.) a woman who has the rank of ↑marquis …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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