Meaning of marchesa

mar•che•sa

Pronunciation: (mär-kā'zuIt.mär-ke'zä), [key]
— pl. -se
  1. an Italian noblewoman, equivalent in rank to a marquise.
  2. the wife or widow of a marchese.
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