marchioness

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin marchionissa, feminine form of marchion, from Late Latin marcha, from Frankish *markōn (to mark, mark out, to press with the foot), from Proto-Germanic *markō (area, region, edge, rim, border)

(maid-of-all-work): After a character in Charles Dickens' novel The Old Curiosity Shop.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmɑɹʃənɨs/, /mɑɹʃəˈnɛs/
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Noun[edit]

marchioness (plural marchionesses)

  1. The wife of a marquess.
  2. A woman holding the rank of marquess in her own right.
  3. (slang, obsolete) An old-fashioned maid-of-all-work (female servant).
    • 1896, The Chautauquan (volume 22, page 382)
      The beauty and charm of the little marchioness and the tender hearted old colored man, with their mutual affection, forcibly remind the reader of "Uncle Tom" and "Eva."

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References[edit]

  • 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary

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