a. The wife or widow of a marquis.
b. See marchioness.
2. Used as a title for a marquise.
3. See marquee.
a. A finger ring set with a pointed oval stone or cluster of pointed oval stones.
b. A pointed oval shape of a gem.
[French , feminine of marquis, marquis (French marquise often being used in French attributively to describe things considered splendid and elegant); see MARQUIS.]
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marquise-cut diamond ring by jeweler Harry Winston (1896-1978)
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