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[mahr-kee] /mɑrˈki/

a tall rooflike projection above a theater entrance, usually containing the name of a currently featured play or film and its stars.
a rooflike shelter, as of glass, projecting above an outer door and over a sidewalk or a terrace.
Also, marquess, marquise. British. a large tent or tentlike shelter with open sides, especially one for temporary use in outdoor entertainments, receptions, etc.
superlative; headlining:
a marquee basketball player.
a large tent used for entertainment, exhibition, etc
(mainly US & Canadian) Also called marquise. a canopy over the entrance to a theatre, hotel, etc
(modifier) (mainly US & Canadian) celebrated or pre-eminent: a marquee player

1680s, “large tent,” from French marquise (mistaken in English as a plural) “linen canopy placed over an officer’s tent to distinguish it from others,’ ” fem. of marquis (see marquis), and perhaps indicating “a place suitable for a marquis.” Sense of “canopy over the entrance to a hotel or theater, etc.” first recorded 1912 in American English.


Famous and influential; star; stellar: Sawyer is likely to escalate demands from other marquee names/ When you play a marquee player like Shaquille O’Neal, if you block his shot, you want to let him know


Publicity; hype: That Pasolini was offered these public forums suggests that there was a certain marquee value attached to his name

[late 1980s+; fr the important names featured on a theater marquee]


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