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marquess (3 a common 16th-17th cent. use)
1. in Latin countries, grade of noble rank below those of duke and count Mer.V. I. ii. 123 “the Marquess of Montferrat.”
2. in England, degree of the peerage between those of duke and earl 2H6 I. i. 64 “Lord ,” 3H6 III. iii. 164 “ Montague,” R3 I. iii. 255 “Master marquess.”
3. marchioness H8 V. iii. 169 “Lady Dorset.”
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    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 1.2
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