A marquess (UK: s/;[1] French: marquis, [mɑʁki];[2][a] is a nobleman of hereditary rank in various European peerages and in those of some of their former colonies. The term is also used to translate equivalent Asian styles, as in imperial China and Japan.

In the German lands, a Margrave was a ruler of an immediate Imperial territory (examples include the Margrave of Brandenburg, the Margrave of Baden and the Margrave of Bayreuth), not simply a nobleman like a marquess or marquis in Western and Southern Europe. German rulers did not confer the title of marquis; holders of marquisates in Central Europe were largely associated with the Italian and Spanish crowns.


A 17th-century engraving of a marquis in the robe worn during his creation ceremony.

The word "marquess" entered the English language from the Old French marchis ("ruler of a border area") in the late 13th or early 14th century. The French word was derived from marche ("frontier"), itself descended from the Middle Latin marca ("frontier"), from which the modern English words "march" and "mark" also descend. The distinction between governors of frontier territories and interior territories was made as early as the founding of the Roman Empire when some provinces were set aside for administration by the senate and more unpacified or vulnerable provinces were administered by the emperor. The titles "duke" and "count" were similarly distinguished as ranks in the late empire, with dux (literally, "leader") being used for a provincial military governor and the rank of comes (literally "companion," that is, of the Emperor) given to the leader of an active army along the frontier.

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Markiz
беларуская: Маркіз
български: Маркиз
català: Marquès
čeština: Markýz
Cymraeg: Ardalydd
Deutsch: Markgraf
Ελληνικά: Μαρκήσιος
español: Marqués
Esperanto: Markizo
euskara: Markes
فارسی: مارکی
français: Marquis
Frysk: Markys
galego: Marqués
한국어: 후작
Հայերեն: Մարքիզ
hrvatski: Markiz
Ido: Markezo
italiano: Marchese
עברית: מרקיז
lietuvių: Markizas
Nederlands: Markies (titel)
日本語: 侯爵
norsk: Marki
norsk nynorsk: Marki
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Markiz
polski: Markiz
português: Marquês
română: Marchiz
русский: Маркиз
Simple English: Marquis
slovenčina: Markíz
српски / srpski: Маркиз
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Markiz
suomi: Markiisi
Tagalog: Markes
Türkçe: Marki
українська: Маркіз
Tiếng Việt: Hầu tước
粵語: 侯爵
中文: 侯爵