marchioness

marchioness
noun Etymology: Medieval Latin marchionissa, from marchion-, marchio marquess, from marca Date: 1570 1. the wife or widow of a marquess 2. a woman who holds the rank of marquess in her own right

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  • Marchioness — Mar chion*ess, n. [LL. marchionissa, fr. marchio a marquis. See Marquis.] The wife or the widow of a marquis; a woman who has the rank and dignity of a marquis. Spelman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marchioness — 16c., from M.L. marchionissa, fem. of marchio marquis, from marca (see MARQUIS (Cf. marquis) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • marchioness — see marquess …   Modern English usage

  • marchioness — ► NOUN 1) the wife or widow of a marquess. 2) a woman holding the rank of marquess in her own right. ORIGIN Latin marchionissa, female ruler of a border territory …   English terms dictionary

  • marchioness — [mär′shən is, mär΄shən es′] n. [ML marchionissa, fem. of marchio, prefect of the marches < marcha, border < Frank * marka,MARK1] 1. the wife or widow of a marquess 2. a lady whose rank in her own right equals that of a marquess: See also… …   English World dictionary

  • marchioness — UK [ˌmɑː(r)ʃəˈnes] / US [ˈmɑrʃənəs] / US [ˌmɑrʃəˈnes] noun [countable] Word forms marchioness : singular marchioness plural marchionesses 1) the wife of a marquis 2) a woman of middle rank in the British nobility • See: marquess …   English dictionary

  • marchioness — [[t]mɑ͟ː(r)ʃəne̱s[/t]] marchionesses N COUNT; N TITLE A marchioness is the wife of a marquis, or a woman with the same rank as a marquis …   English dictionary

  • Marchioness of Reading — may refer to: Alice Isaacs, Marchioness of Reading (c.1866–1930), first wife of the 1st Marquess Stella Isaacs, Marchioness of Reading (1894–1971), second wife of the 1st Marquess This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same… …   Wikipedia

  • Marchioness (disambiguation) — Marchioness could refer to: A noblewoman with the rank of Marquess, or the wife of a Marquess. The Marchioness, a pleasure boat that was sunk on the River Thames in 1989. This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If… …   Wikipedia

  • Marchioness disaster — Looking upstream to Cannon St railway bridge, scene of the disaster The Marchioness disaster occurred on the River Thames in London in the early hours of 20 August 1989. The pleasure boat Marchioness sank after being run down by the dredger… …   Wikipedia

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