Marchioness meaning

mär'shə-nĭs, mär'shə-nĕs'
The wife or widow of a marquess.
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A noblewoman ranking above a countess and below a duchess.
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Used as a title for such a noblewoman.
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The wife or widow of a marquess.
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A lady whose rank in her own right equals that of a marquess.
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The wife of a marquess.
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Origin of marchioness

  • Medieval Latin marchiōnissa wife of a margrave, marchioness feminine of marchiō marchiōn- marquis from marca boundary of Germanic origin merg- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition