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 (comēs) marcēnsis (count) of the border from marca border region of Germanic origin ; see merg- in Indo-European roots.