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See also: marquée


A marquee sign (sense 2).
marquee selection (sense 5).


From marquise, from French marquise. Ultimately from same root as march (border country), margin (edge).



marquee (plural marquees)

  1. (Britain, New Zealand) A large tent with open sides, used for outdoors entertainment.
  2. (US) A projecting canopy over an entrance, especially one with a sign that displays the name of the establishment or other information of it.
  3. (US, by generalization) Lights that turn on and off in sequence, or scrolling text, as these are common elements on a marquee.
    Synonyms: chase lights, chaser lights
  4. (Internet) A banner on a web page displaying text that scrolls horizontally.
  5. (computing) In graphical editing software, a special selection tool, used to highlight a portion of an image.
    Synonyms: marching ants
    Rectangular Marquee Tool



marquee (not comparable)

  1. Most famous; preeminent.
    • 2012, Joe Tiller, Tiller: Not Your Average Joe, ↑ISBN:
      Without adoubt, Brees was a marquee player.
    • 2013, Vince Gennaro, Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, ↑ISBN, page 96:
      Even after a marquee player is traded, he can have a lasting impact on the franchise for which he made his mark.
    • 2013, Kim Williams, ‎Jennifer Laing, ‎& Warwick Frost, Fashion, Design and Events, ↑ISBN, page 89:
      Fashion Week is a marquee event providing a consolidated platform for the display of high-quality designer fashion.
    • 2014, Jordan St. John, Lost Breweries of Toronto, ↑ISBN:
      The marquee product was his Salvador lager beer, which, he claimed in the advertising material from the first decade of the twentieth century, was Canada's most famous brew.

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