One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The rank of a marquess or marquis.
- ‘Faced with an abler opponent in Frederick Henry and undermined by Olivares, regent for the boy-king Philip IV, he returned to Spain in 1628 and was given a meaningless marquisate.’
- ‘The first British marquessate was created at the same time as the first non-royal dukedom, and for the same person, Robert DeVere, in 1385.’
- ‘To the old title of earl was added dukedoms which were at first reserved for the royal family, marquisates, baronies, and viscountcies. By the end of Henry VI's reign the peerage had grown to about 60.’
- ‘Mary Germain's husband, however, attains his Englishman's idea of happiness not in the form of a ‘baronetcy and an estate’, but the unexpected legacy of a marquisate and an estate.’
- ‘The chateau was inherited by Marigny from his father in 1754 and in the same year its seigneurie was elevated into a marquisate, giving Marigny the title by which he is generally known.’
- 1.1 The territorial lordship or possessions of a marquis or margrave.
- ‘This marquisate was merged, for about a century, in the dukedom of Bolton.’
- ‘His marquisate lay in the Piedmont, straddling the banks of the Tanaro River between Turin on the west and Tortona on the east.’
- ‘The title chosen by Earl Grosvenor for his marquisate is, at all events, appropriate; for it is from within the boundaries of the fair City of Westminster that the largest portion of the princely rent-roll of the family is derived.’
- ‘The Unruochings and the Widonians also acquired the duchies and marquisates of Friuli and Spoleto respectively, while the counts or marquises of Tuscany were descendants of a Boniface who lived in the 820s.’
Early 16th century: from marquis, on the pattern of French marquisat, Italian marchesato.
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