- a British nobleman ranking above an earl and below a duke
Origin of marquessvariant, variety of marquis
- A British nobleman ranking below a duke and above an earl or a count.
- Used as a title for such a nobleman.
Origin of marquessMiddle English marques; see marquis.
See marquis for etymology. Note also that marquess is very rare in the English language in that it ends in -ess but is a masculine term. The title is granted only to males (the female equivalent is marchioness).