[mahr-shuh-nis, mahr-shuh-nes] /ˈmɑr ʃə nɪs, ˌmɑr ʃəˈnɛs/

noun, British.
(defs 1, 2).
/ˈmɑːʃənɪs; ˌmɑːʃəˈnɛs/
the wife or widow of a marquis
a woman who holds the rank of marquis

16c., from Medieval Latin marchionissa, fem. of marchio “marquis,” from marca (see marquis (n.)).


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