Marquee meaning

mär-kē
Exceptionally popular or skilled.

The team is hoping to sign a marquee player.

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The definition of a marquee is a sign outside or above a theatre that is often lighted.

An example of a marquee is a sign outside a theater that tells passersby what is playing.

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A rooflike structure, often bearing a signboard, projecting over an entrance, as to a theater or hotel.
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A large tent, often with open sides, used chiefly for outdoor entertainment.
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So well-known or well-publicized as to attract large audiences.

A marquee event, marquee ballplayer.

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A large tent with open sides, esp. one used for some outdoor entertainment.
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A projecting, rooflike structure or sign over the entrance to a theater or other entertainment venue advertising information about current or upcoming attractions.
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(UK, New Zealand) A large tent with open sides, used for outdoors entertainment.
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(US) A projecting canopy over an entrance, especially one with a sign that displays the name of the establishment or other information of it.
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(US) By generalization, used for lights that turn on and off in sequence, or scrolling text, as these are common elements on a marquee.
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(Internet) A banner on a web page displaying text that scrolls horizontally.
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(computing) In graphical editing software, a special selection tool, used to highlight a portion of an image.

Rectangular Marquee Tool.

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Origin of marquee

  • French marquise marquise, marquee marquise

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From marquise, from French marquise. Ultimately from same root as march (“border country"), margin (“edge").

    From Wiktionary