- the wife or widow of a marchese
- an Italian noblewoman ranking just above a countess
Origin of marchesaIt, feminine of marchese: see marchese
- The wife or widow of a marchese.
- An Italian noblewoman ranking above a countess and below a princess.
- Used as the title for such a noblewoman.
Origin of marchesaItalian, feminine of marchese, marchese; see marchese.