- A nobleman in England, France, and Germany, of a rank next below that of duke, but above a count. Originally, the marquis was an officer whose duty was to guard the marches or frontiers of the kingdom. The office has ceased, and the name is now a mere title conferred by patent.
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- 2nd person singular subjunctive present of marcar..
- marquess (title of nobility)
This French entry was created from the translations listed at marquess. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see Marquis in the French Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) December 2009