Definition of Lafayette, Marquis de in US 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 colonists in the American Revolution and commanded the French national guard 1789–91 in the French Revolution.

Pronunciation

Lafayette, Marquis de

/ˌläf-/