marchese [mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural mar·che·si [mahr-key-zee Italian mahr-ke-zee] /mɑrˈkeɪ zi Italian mɑrˈkɛ zi/.
- an Italian nobleman, equivalent in rank to a .
Origin of marchese From Italian, dating back to 1510–20; see origin atmarchesa [mahr-key-zuh; Italian mahr-ke-zah] noun, plural mar·che·se [mahr-key-zey; Italian mahr-ke-ze] /mɑrˈkeɪ zeɪ; Italian mɑrˈkɛ zɛ/.
- an Italian noblewoman, equivalent in rank to a marquise.
- the wife or widow of a .
Origin of marchesa 1790–1800; Italian; feminine ofExamples from the Web for marchese Historical Examples of marchese
The Marchese had brought Lorenzi to the house only a few weeks before.
The Marchese no longer troubled himself to deal to the others.
Ere he had made up his mind upon this point, the Marchese had lost the venture.
At length the Marchese had lost five hundred ducats to Casanova and Lorenzi.
The Marchese, who was in a jovial mood, opened a bank for them.
British Dictionary definitions for marchese marchese noun plural -si (-zi)
- (in Italy) a nobleman ranking below a prince and above a count; marquis
marchesa noun plural -se (-ze)
- (in Italy) the wife or widow of a marchese; marchioness