pl. -·che′si an Italian nobleman ranking just above a count; marquis
Origin of marcheseItalian ; from Old French marchis: see marquis
- An Italian nobleman ranking above a count and below a prince.
- Used as the title for such a nobleman.
Origin of marcheseItalian, from Medieval Latin (com&emacron;s) marc&emacron;nsis, (count) of the border, from marca, border region, of Germanic origin; see merg- in Indo-European roots.