Definition of marchioness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌmɑːʃəˈnes//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɑːrʃəˈnes//
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  1. 1a woman who has the rank of a marquess
  2. 2the wife of a marquess the Marchioness of Bath
  3. compare marquise
    Word Originlate 16th cent.: from medieval Latin marchionissa, feminine of marchio(n-) ‘ruler of a border territory’, from marcha ‘march’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: marchioness