Marchioness definition

märshə-nĭs, märshə-nĕs
A noblewoman ranking above a countess and below a duchess.
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A lady whose rank in her own right equals that of a marquess.
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The wife or widow of a marquess.
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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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The wife of a marquess.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
marchioness
Plural:
marchionesses

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