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(in various countries) a nobleman ranking above a count, corresponding to a British marquess. The title of marquis is often used in place of that of marquess


Don(ald Robert Perry). 1878--1937, US humorist; author of archy and mehitabel (1927)



(1) In the Carolingian empire, the same as a margrave.

(2) In medieval France and Italy from the tenth century, a prominent feudal lord, hierarchically located between a duke and a count.

(3) An inherited aristocratic title in several Western European states (France, Italy, Spain).

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Sir, you can; the marquis of Montcalm has, in addition to his other civilities, invited me to a personal interview between the works and his own camp; in order, as he says, to impart some additional information.
Monsieur the Marquis ran his eyes over them all, as if they had been mere rats come out of their holes.
O noble Marquis of Mantua, My Uncle and liege lord!
cried the marquis, "go to Cassan if you must, but you'll go alone.
If the chevalier did allow himself this bit of shrewd practice,--which, by the bye, would have won him the regard of the Chevalier de Gramont, a smile from the Baron de Foeneste, a shake of the hand from the Marquis de Moncade,--was he any the less that amiable guest, that witty talker, that imperturbable card-player, that famous teller of anecdotes, in whom all Alencon took delight?
Then the king, who, without our suspecting it, had overheard our conversation, interrupted us by saying, `Villefort' -- observe that the king did not pronounce the word Noirtier, but, on the contrary, placed considerable emphasis on that of Villefort -- `Villefort,' said his majesty, `is a young man of great judgment and discretion, who will be sure to make a figure in his profession; I like him much, and it gave me great pleasure to hear that he was about to become the son-in-law of the Marquis and Marquise de Saint-Meran.
That Marquis of yours," I said, "--is HE also familiar with your family secrets?
And disengaging his sword with a sinister clashing of the blade, the duke wounded the marquis in the breast.
Newman," said the marquis with a low bow, but without offering his hand.
By the by, the Marquis of Villarel is here for a time.
A letter from my steward tells me that my presence is wanted at home; and being disappointed in my hope of seeing the Marquis of Longtown and General Courteney here, some of my very old friends, there is nothing to detain me longer in Bath.
as his epitaph says, found himself later on, at the famous siege of Turin, in 1640, between Prince Thomas of Savoy, whom he was besieging, and the Marquis de Leganez, who was blockading him.

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