mar·che·se (mär-kāzā, -kĕzĕ)
n. pl. mar·che·si (-zē)
1. An Italian nobleman ranking above a count and below a prince.
2. Used as the title for such a nobleman.
[Italian, from Medieval Latin (comēs) marcēnsis, (count) of the border, from marca, border region, of Germanic origin; see merg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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