march

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See also: March, Märch, and marc'h

English[edit]

German Wehrmacht soldiers performing the Stechschritt march, October 1940.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English marchen, from Middle French marcher (to march, walk), from Old French marchier (to stride, to march, to trample), from Frankish *markōn (to mark, mark out, to press with the foot), from Proto-Germanic *markō (area, region, edge, rim, border), akin to Persian مرز(marz), from Proto-Indo-European *mereg- (edge, boundary). Akin to Old English mearc, ġemearc (mark, boundary).

Noun[edit]

march (plural marches)

  1. A formal, rhythmic way of walking, used especially by soldiers, bands and in ceremonies.
  2. A political rally or parade
    Synonyms: protest, parade, rally
  3. Any song in the genre of music written for marching (see Wikipedia's article on this type of music)
  4. Steady forward movement or progression.
    the march of time
    Synonyms: process, advancement, progression
  5. (euchre) The feat of taking all the tricks of a hand.
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Verb[edit]

march (third-person singular simple present marches, present participle marching, simple past and past participle marched)

  1. (intransitive) To walk with long, regular strides, as a soldier does.
  2. (transitive) To cause someone to walk somewhere.
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 84:
      The old man heaved himself from the chair, seized Jessamy by her pinafore frill and marched her to the house.
  3. To go to war; to make military advances.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English marche (tract of land along a country's border), from Old French marche (boundary, frontier), from Frankish *marka, from Proto-Germanic *markō, from Proto-Indo-European *mereg- (edge, boundary).

Noun[edit]

march (plural marches)

  1. (now archaic, historical) A border region, especially one originally set up to defend a boundary.
    Synonyms: frontier, marchland
    • 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book V, [London]: [] [by William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur [], London: Published by David Nutt, [], 1889, OCLC 890162034:
      Therefore, sir, be my counsayle, rere up your lyege peple and sende kynges and dewkes to loke unto your marchis, and that the mountaynes of Almayne be myghtyly kepte.
  2. (historical) A region at a frontier governed by a marquess.
  3. The name for any of various territories with similar meanings or etymologies in their native languages.
    Synonyms: county palatinate, county palatine
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, IV:
      Juan's companion was a Romagnole, / But bred within the March of old Ancona [].
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march (third-person singular simple present marches, present participle marching, simple past and past participle marched)

  1. (intransitive) To have common borders or frontiers
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Etymology 3[edit]

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march (plural marches)

  1. (obsolete) Smallage.
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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Brythonic *marx, from Proto-Celtic *markos.

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march m (plural meirch)

  1. horse, steed, stallion

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
march farch unchanged unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.