Meaning of marquise

mar•quise

Pronunciation: (mär-kēz' Fr. mar-kēz'), [key]
— pl. -quis•es
  1. the wife or widow of a marquis.
  2. a lady holding the rank equal to that of a marquis.
    1. Also calledmarquise cut.a gem cut, esp. for a diamond, yielding a low pointed oval with many facets, usually 58.
    2. a gem cut in this style, esp. a diamond. Cf.navette.
  3. marquee (def. 3).
  4. Also calleda wide bergère.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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