Definition of marquise in English:



  • 1The wife or widow of a marquis.

    • ‘So while Boucher's portrait of the marquise at her toilette is to be the focal point of this essay, also of great importance are the cultural debates encompassing it.’
    • ‘It must be said, however, that the Fogg portrait is not absolutely coherent as a mirror image because the cameo bracelet the marquise wears is not shown reversed.’
    • ‘Boucher's next portrait of the marquise was painted in 1759, well after she had ceased to share the King's bed.’
    • ‘After the marquise's death Voltaire wrote that he mourned her as part of his gratitude to her.’
    • ‘However, it is my argument that the significance of this picture goes still beyond the specifics of the marquise's tribulations at court.’
    • ‘She said the marquise had a kind heart, and fell in love with a common man.’
    • ‘The marquise gave the supreme accolade of her approval to the sculptors Pigalle and Falconet by posing for them at full length.’
    • ‘The loss of her mother affected Marion's ability to sleep for more than one or two hours at a time, making her an ideal ‘busy girl’ for the marquise, who demands a servant's presence to guard her through the night.’
    • ‘‘We have already agreed that this is the badge of a marquis or of a marquise,’ said he.’
    • ‘She was perfectly cast as the marquise Eloise and her dry, deadpan humour was a joy to behold.’
    • ‘Parenthetically I would mention that the flirtatiously deferential pose of the woman in Morning, with her tilted head and averted eyes, highlights the surprisingly uncoquettish demeanor of the marquise.’
    • ‘The marquise, worried that Yvette has fallen asleep without extinguishing her candle, decides that someone must check on her.’
    • ‘For one thing, less politically motivated assessments of the marquise describe her as a beautiful woman up until the time of her death at the ‘great’ age of forty-three.’
    • ‘The marquise soon ended the suspense by attending the queen and appearing at court functions more highly rouged and magnificently arrayed than ever.’
    • ‘In Mine de Pompadour at Her Toilette the marquise is shown in the act of performing her toilette.’
    • ‘In 1756 the question of Pompadour's use of rouge was a pressing one because it was directly related to the marquise's standing in the court, as was the ceremonial performance of her toilette.’
    1. 1.1 A woman holding the rank of marquis in her own right.
      • ‘Within four months the king made her marquise de Pompadour and pensioned her husband off to farm in the country.’
      • ‘With her thirtieth year had come promotion to the rank of duchesse, although she preferred the tide of marquise.’
      • ‘She then became the official mistress of Louis XV and marquise before ending up as lady-in-waiting to the queen, de facto minister, and pious, platonic consort of the king.’
  • 2A finger ring set with a pointed oval gem or cluster of gems.

    • ‘The reason it was newsworthy this time was the fact that she had been recently spotted sporting a huge marquise cut diamond ring on the all-important ring finger.’
    • ‘The simple yet sophisticated lines of marquise diamond engagement rings make them one of the most popular choices for bridal sets as well as other accented rings and solitaires.’
    • ‘A five stone diamond, 18 carat gold eternity ring; an 18 carat gold marquise oval cluster ring; and an 18 carat gold single diamond twist ring were taken.’
    • ‘If you have short fingers or small hands wearing a marquise or oval shape diamond ring will wear your fingers look longer.’
    • ‘The 1.0-carat stone was fashioned into a marquise and shows several tiny unidentified mineral inclusions only visible under the microscope.’
  • 3

    archaic term for marquee
    • ‘The world's most successful musical theater impresario had his muse and the muse had roles written for her and her name spelled with big letters on theater marquises.’
    • ‘Pressed metal was widely used in the late 1800s and early 1900s to decorate ceilings and walls as well as exteriors such as store fronts, awnings, marquises and building cornices.’
  • 4A chilled dessert similar to a chocolate mousse.

    • ‘I had a thin slice of chocolate marquise and a slice of chocolate and mocha cake.’
    • ‘As diners savoured their delicious Chocolate marquise and sipped their coffee and tea, the ballroom's lights dimmed and the audience stilled as the evening's program began.’
    • ‘The dark chocolate marquise with two chocolate sauces had hardly arrived at the table when it disappeared, testimony to its excellent flavour.’
    • ‘In comes a white chocolate marquise and a French brioche toast with strawberries and ice cream.’
    • ‘The chocolate marquise is fabulously simple, and if you wanted you could equally serve it frozen as a parfait.’


Early 17th century: French, feminine of marquis.