Definition of Montespan, Marquise de in English:

Montespan, Marquise de

proper noun

  • (1641–1707), French noblewoman; born Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart. The mistress of Louis XIV from 1667 to 1679, she had seven children by him. She was replaced in the king's affections by Madame de Maintenon, the children's governess.

Pronunciation:

Montespan, Marquise de

/môNtesˈpäN//ˈmäntəˌspan/