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mar·quee (mär-kē)
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n.
1. A rooflike structure, often bearing a signboard, projecting over an entrance, as to a theater or hotel. Also called marquise.
2. A large tent, often with open sides, used chiefly for outdoor entertainment.
adj.
Exceptionally popular or skilled: The team is hoping to sign a marquee player.

[Early Modern English, large tent with open sides, back-formation from French marquise, marquise (probably with final (z)-sound taken in English as the English plural ending -s), from marquise, marchioness (also used attributively to describe things considered splendid or elegant), feminine of marquis, marquis; see MARQUISE.]
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