Definition of marquee in English:

marquee

noun

  • 1British A large tent used for social or commercial functions.

    • ‘On Sunday there is a function in the marquee and the admission fee is €20.’
    • ‘Some festivals in the UK choose to put marquees up in order to seat 1,000 plus.’
    • ‘Organisers are planning to have lots of stalls and attractions - and are desperate for donations of tents and marquees to provide shelter for these.’
    • ‘The municipality has also cleaned up and painted a storeroom which will become the competition's headquarters, along with a marquee for functions and rest areas.’
    • ‘Many staff came prepared for a lengthy stay in the rain, setting up a marquee tent and bringing with them barbecues, umbrellas and plenty of food.’
    • ‘A marquee has been erected there for a commercial celebration.’
    • ‘The white tents and marquees that had been the centre of the rally stood in the field half collapsed.’
    • ‘In addition to the experienced teams involved in rapidly erecting and dismantling marquees and tents, the company is also now organising lighting facilities and generator capacity.’
    • ‘Putting up marquees and tents and other types of shading is something many people find complicated if not impossible.’
    • ‘Saturday will also feature two large marquees with an array of exhibitors, and a third marquee holding a talent contest.’
    • ‘Preparations were continuing as portable toilets were delivered to the grounds and marquee and tent companies continued to enter and leave the estate.’
    • ‘The initial concept is that the event might be similar to the book festival, which fills Charlotte Square with marquees, with individual tents showcasing different aspects.’
    • ‘Equally, the decision to erect a marquee in the car park to cater for some corporate functions has been questioned by events organisers.’
    • ‘The Eurozone marquee will also provide shelter for racegoers should the weather take a turn for the worse.’
    • ‘The last festival depended on selling exhibition space in large marquees as well as satellite exhibition space to cover the cost of the festival, which is intended to be self-financing.’
    • ‘With many seeking shelter from the pouring rain under a big marquee tent, some opted to cheer on the participants on the beach.’
    • ‘Judging of rally entrants takes place in the afternoon before a social evening of entertainment in the marquee from 7.30 pm.’
    • ‘Participants bring picnics to the marquee on the Green to enjoy a great social occasion and take part in a conversation with three leading authors.’
    • ‘With something for young and old alike, the fair had a large fairground, market trade auto and jumble, an entertainment pavilion and a real ale tent, along with rural craft marquees and a food hall.’
    • ‘A social gathering and refreshments in a marquee erected on the church's grounds will follow the ceremony.’
  • 2North American A canopy projecting over the entrance to a theatre, hotel, or other building.

    • ‘If two-thirds of the movie marquees carry an American title in Europe (even in France), the fraction is even greater when it comes to translated books.’
    • ‘Along the sidewalks, giant signs and marquees hung from the buildings.’
    • ‘The city last week adopted a law requiring hotel operators who advertise rates on marquees to post both the highest and lowest room rates.’
    • ‘They embrace three angular lanterns that pull light into the heart of the building and, at night, seem to float above it like illuminated marquees.’
    • ‘Why do people still travel to New York to write musicals despite the comparatively few new author names on Broadway marquees?’
    • ‘But the Concert Hall isn't a success, as witnessed by these marquees.’
    • ‘Ultimately, it was World War II and the maturing of those youngsters raised on Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Superman that brought sci-fi out of the darkness and into the light of flashing marquees.’
    • ‘Then she noticed the movie marquee with its poster of a beautiful dark-haired woman stranded in the South Pacific embraced by a beautiful blond-haired young man.’
    • ‘Hector grabbed my hand and made a dash for the entrance, the lights from the marquee illuminating his jubilant face.’
    • ‘By then, after eight and more hours of conversation with the people around them, there is nothing left to say as they inch closer to the white marquee that marks the entrance to Westminster Hall.’
    • ‘The Dance Club, the larger of the two, will feature an Art-deco motif, a theater-style entrance marquee.’
    • ‘Digital marquees above the doors displayed the contents of each room, and the levels of security required to access them.’
    • ‘One entered the show next to a mock-up of a theater marquee and exited through a stage door that was part of a new, postscript installation made for the exhibition.’
    • ‘Two hours before the first show in York, the crowd was queuing beneath the theatre marquee that read ‘Bingo every night (except Thursday)’.’
    • ‘Theater marquees are frequently shown in the background, and it's always worth reading what's written on them.’
    • ‘Bollywood might hope that a different spelling on the marquee would alter an actress' fortunes, but would it matter whether a woman was Priti, Preeti, Preety or even Preity as long as she was pretty?’
    • ‘Decorative touches such as vintage movie posters, a mini marquee, director's chairs, and overhead lanterns or strings of lights create the right mood.’
    • ‘Together with curving wraparound short sides, this feature appears in 1930s designs from sideboards to movie theater marquees.’
    • ‘I know every corner of downtown so well that I see the buildings that once occupied the parking lots, the fine old department stores, the marquees and awnings of the nightclubs and hash houses and chow mein joints.’
    • ‘He would pay for all advertising and promotion, put his own banners and marquees out front, and turn the theater into a midway attraction, complete with lobby curiosities designed to lure customers.’
    1. 2.1[as modifier]Leading; pre-eminent.
      ‘a marquee player’
      • ‘Despite being about $45 million over the limit, the club won't lose any marquee players.’
      • ‘Even though they need marquee players to get fans into the seats, they will be looking for younger, cheaper players or draft picks in return.’
      • ‘Other than that, you didn't have a truly marquee player on the field.’
      • ‘The rise of salary caps, luxury taxes and the like in professional sports has forced even comparatively wealthy franchises to lure marquee players with different kinds of incentives.’
      • ‘Both coaches will try to avoid having one player guarding the other because it would greatly reduce his team's effectiveness on offense and unnecessarily wear down both marquee players on defense.’
      • ‘It's big for the program to have marquee players.’
      • ‘If the team looks for a tackle, he will not be a marquee player.’
      • ‘Along with Ronaldo, he was Brazil's marquee player - both on the field and in the Nike universe.’
      • ‘Most of the marquee players come from the defensive line and the defensive backfield, not the sexy positions like quarterback, running back, or wide receiver.’
      • ‘When it comes to rewarding his marquee players, he has proven to be a reliably soft touch.’
      • ‘But those marquee players deplete the budget even more.’
      • ‘The costs skyrocketed because the players gained so much leverage and then when the marquee players faded, no one was able to fill the void.’
      • ‘Although both are proven winners, the sponsors will be looking to a few marquee players within striking distance to guarantee a better return on the money they have invested in this event.’
      • ‘The team have invested too much in this season to trade their marquee player.’
      • ‘Owners might be concerned about lost revenues if the preseason were shortened, but losing a marquee player certainly doesn't help the league put its best product on the field.’
      • ‘The club has had difficulty attracting such marquee players because of the franchise's losing history.’
      • ‘The list of marquee players filling key special teams spots across the country is impressive.’
      • ‘The league had hoped that marquee players would give instant credibility to the fledgling league.’
      • ‘Why is it that marquee players from European countries are eager to represent their country while getting Canadian players is often an onerous chore?’
      • ‘‘It's very rare one of the marquee players' names gets mentioned, especially a young kid,’ Brown says.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from marquise, taken as plural and assimilated to -ee.

Pronunciation:

marquee

/mɑːˈkiː/