Marquess meaning

mär'kwĭs
A British nobleman ranking below a duke and above an earl or a count.
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Used as a title for such a nobleman.
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A British nobleman ranking above an earl and below a duke.
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A title of nobility, ranking beneath a duke and above an earl.
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Origin of marquess

  • Middle English marques marquis
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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).
    From Wiktionary