What does marquis mean?

Definitions for marquis
ˈmɑr kwɪs, mɑrˈki; -ˈkizmar·quis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Marquis, Don Marquis, Donald Robert Perry Marquisnoun

    humorist who wrote about the imaginary life of cockroaches (1878-1937)

  2. marquis, marquessnoun

    nobleman (in various countries) ranking above a count


  1. marquisnoun

    A nobleman in England, France, and Germany, of a rank next below that of duke, but above a count. Originally, the marquis was an officer whose duty was to guard the marches or frontiers of the kingdom. The office has ceased, and the name is now a mere title conferred by patent.

  2. Etymology: : marquis; : markis, marchis; : marchensis; : marcha. *, from markō, from mereg-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Marquisnoun

    Etymology: marquis, French; marchio, Lat. margrave, German.

    Peace, master marquis, you are malapert;
    Your fire-new stamp of honour is scarce current. William Shakespeare.

    None may wear ermine but princes, and there is a certain number of ranks allowed to dukes, marquisses, and earls, which they must not exceed. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    You shall have
    Two noble partners with you: the old duchess
    Of Norfolk, and the lady marquess Dorset. William Shakespeare.


  1. Marquis

    A marquess (UK: ; French: marquis [maʁki]), Dutch: markies, is a nobleman of high hereditary rank in various European peerages and in those of some of their former colonies. The German language equivalent is Markgraf (margrave). A woman with the rank of a marquess or the wife (or widow) of a marquess is a marchioness or marquise. These titles are also used to translate equivalent Asian styles, as in Imperial China and Imperial Japan.


  1. marquis

    A marquis is a title of nobility or rank in certain European countries, below a duke and above a count or earl. The female equivalent is a marquise. It can also refer to a nobleman holding this rank.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marquisnoun

    a nobleman in England, France, and Germany, of a rank next below that of duke. Originally, the marquis was an officer whose duty was to guard the marches or frontiers of the kingdom. The office has ceased, and the name is now a mere title conferred by patent

  2. Etymology: [F. marquis, OF. markis, marchis, LL. marchensis; of German origin; cf. G. mark bound, border, march, OHG. marcha. See March border, and cf. Marchioness, Marquee, Marquess.]


  1. Marquis

    Marquis is a fetish magazine owned, operated, published and primarily photographed by Peter W. Czernich and Sandra Würdig. Based in Germany, Marquis covers a wide array of topics related to the worldwide fetish subculture. The magazine's name is a reference to the Marquis de Sade. Czernich's original publishing venture entitled «O» began as a spin-off of the British Skin Two magazine but quickly developed its own identity. After losing the right to the «O» name, Czernich created Marquis in 1994. It has continued to be published semiannually-to-quarterly ever since. A spin-off title, Heavy Rubber, began in 1996. Czernich has also developed a significant online presence including web versions of both magazines and a large online clothing & book store. Whereas it is true that the magazine's name derives from de Sade, the special interest addressed by the magazine is a poor match for the normal concept of "sadism" as casually understood by the layman. Marquis is very closely specialised on latex and PVC fetishism and related topics such as sexy girls in catsuits, advanced designs in bondage wear and other related fantasy scenarios.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. marquis

    The degree of nobility which in the peerage of England ranks next to a duke. Marquises were originally commanders on the borders or frontiers of countries, or on the sea-coast, which they were bound to protect. In England, the title of marquis was used in this sense as early as the reign of Henry III., when there were marquises or lords-marchers of the borders of Scotland and Wales; and the foreign equivalent of markgraf was common on the continent.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Marquis

    From the Italian and French Marchese, pursuant to the root mark, a boundary. Anciently expressive of an officer who had the guardianship of the marches or boundaries of a duchy. At a later period the owner of a slice of land bestowed upon him out of a duchy. Nowadays the title next below that of duke.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Marquis is ranked #4065 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Marquis surname appeared 8,737 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Marquis.

    87.8% or 7,674 total occurrences were White.
    4.7% or 411 total occurrences were Black.
    4.4% or 384 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 168 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 58 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 42 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of marquis in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of marquis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of marquis in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Marquis ':

    Sarah Marquis ' journey was a dream of mine, sarah Marquis ' journey was a response to the calling I've got inside me. I want to understand nature and what I'm made of at a deeper level.

  2. Sarah Marquis ':

    I had to disguise Sarah Marquis ' as a man in certain countries that lack rights for women, in parts of China, for example, any woman alone is considered a prostitute.

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