From Middle English markis, from Old French markis, marchis, from Late Latin marchensis, from Old High German marcha and Frankish *marku, from Proto-Germanic *markō, from Proto-Indo-European *marǵ- (“edge, boundary”).
Meaning is “lord of the march”, in sense of march (“border country”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmɑː.kwɪs/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /mɑɹ.ˈki/, /ˈmɑɹ.kwɪs/
- (General American, for the plural spelled marquis) IPA(key): /mɑɹ.ˈkiz/
- A nobleman in England, France, and Germany, of a rank next below that of duke, but above a count. Originally, the marquis was an officer whose duty was to guard the marches or frontiers of the kingdom. The office has ceased, and the name is now a mere title conferred by letters patent or letters close.
- Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the Asian genus Bassarona (or Euthalia).
- “marquis”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- second-person singular present subjunctive form of marcar
marquis m (plural marquis, feminine marquise)
- marquess (title of nobility)
- → Arabic: مَرْكِيز (markīz)
- → Belarusian: маркі́з (markíz)
- → Macedonian: маркиз (markiz)
- → Ottoman Turkish: ماركی (marki)
- Turkish: marki
- → Persian: مارکی (mârki)
- → Polish: markiz
- → Romanian: marchiz
- → Russian: марки́з (markíz)
- → Serbo-Croatian:
- → Ukrainian: маркі́з (markíz)