Definition of Lafayette, Marquis de in English:

Lafayette, Marquis de

(also La Fayette)

proper noun

  • (1757–1834), French soldier and statesman; born Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier. He fought alongside the American colonists in the War of Independence and commanded the National Guard (1789–91) in the French Revolution.

Pronunciation

Lafayette, Marquis de

/ˌlafʌɪˈ(j)ɛt/