Main definitions of marque in English

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marque1

noun

  • A make of car, as distinct from a specific model:

    ‘marques such as Bentley, Ferrari, or Porsche’
    • ‘Alvis, some say, was the best ever British motor car and this design recalls the plain bench seating and racy lines of the marque.’
    • ‘He has 155 previous convictions, mostly for stealing cars, and has a knowledge of car marques and specifications which few can match.’
    • ‘After spending half his life abroad, he is now back in Britain, based in London, and excited by the prospect of overseeing the future shape of some of motoring's most prestigious marques.’
    • ‘Back in the late 1970s it languished at motoring's base camp, keeping company with much more mundane marques.’
    • ‘It is believed that executive cars made by BMW and Volkswagen, which owns the Audi and Bentley marques, were considered but Jaguar, whose cars are made in Britain, came out on top in terms of value for money - and, of course, patriotism.’
    • ‘The C6 has been inspired by the great Citroens of the past, models that have helped the marque to establish a strong heritage in large cars.’
    • ‘And at these rarefied heights it is popular marques such as Volkswagen, Peugeot and Renault, which recently entered the luxury market, that are bearing the brunt of the price falls.’
    • ‘Moreover, the entire vehicle line-up appears to be coming into its own in terms of styling - the cars no longer look like a conglomeration of the best features from a variety of marques.’
    • ‘About 30 to 32 per cent of new cars sold in Bulgaria are French, with Peugeot, Citroen and Renault marques increasingly to be seen on the roads.’
    • ‘It follows on from his current BMW, Mitsubishi, Fiat and Alfa Romeo franchises and neatly complements the current model ranges of those marques.’
    • ‘Fiat - which today also owns the prestige marques Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lancia and Maserati - enjoyed immense success and status at home.’
    • ‘MG built a reputation as one of Britain's leading sports marques.’
    • ‘The automotive consultancy designs bespoke high performance engines for some of the world's leading car marques.’
    • ‘Across the states of the European Union the days seem numbered when regional limits are imposed on motor dealers in terms of the volume of cars they can sell and the variety of marques they can offer.’
    • ‘Different brands, or, as they are known in the ‘auto trade’, marques, are primarily differentiated by chassis structure, engine quality, and detailing.’
    • ‘Much of this has been concerned with the production of automobiles, and alongside a veritable library of antiquarian books about specific marques there are a handful of excellent scholarly histories of individual manufacturers.’
    • ‘Not only will two more great automotive marques be lost but possibly tens of thousands of jobs around the country will disappear causing misery and hardship.’
    • ‘Independent garages that want to service, repair or sell a variety of marques will need to invest in many areas.’
    • ‘The move has seriously affected a number of marques here, whose cars in the D segment favoured by large families and commercial fleet operators sell significant shares of diesel engines which fall into the new band.’
    • ‘My enquiries showed, to my astonishment, that many of these features are optional in the rival marques and models.’
    make, line, label, marque
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Origin

Early 20th century: from French, back-formation from marquer to brand, of Scandinavian origin.

Pronunciation

marque

/mɑːk/

Main definitions of marque in English

: marque1marque2

marque2

noun

Pronunciation

marque

/mɑːk/