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marchese an Italian nobleman, ranking with a marquis, and just above a count.
marching orders orders to leave or move on.
marchioness the wife or widow of a marquis. [2 definitions]
marchpane almond paste; marzipan.
Marco Polo a Venetian traveler in East Asia (b.1254?--d.1325?).
Marcus Aurelius a Stoic philosopher who was emperor of Rome in 161-180 A.D. (b.121--d.180 A.D.).
Mardi Gras the day before the beginning of Lent, celebrated by some Christians with elaborate merrymaking; Shrove Tuesday.
mare1 a mature female horse or horselike animal.
mare2 a large flat dark area on the moon or Mars.
mare's-nest something thought to be an incredible discovery that turns out to have been a hoax or delusion. [2 definitions]
mare's-tail a narrow, filmy, sweeping band of cirrus cloud that resembles a horse's tail blowing in the breeze. [2 definitions]
margarine a butter substitute made of hydrogenated vegetable oils, milk, coloring agents, and other ingredients; oleo.
margarita a cocktail made of tequila and lemon or lime juice and usu. served in a glass whose rim is coated with salt.
margarite a mineral related to mica that has a pearly sheen.
margay a spotted cat of Central and South America that resembles an ocelot.
margin an edge and the border area near it. [9 definitions]
marginal of, concerning, near, or forming a margin. [4 definitions]
marginalia notes in the margin or margins of a book or other printed matter.
marginalize to exclude or treat as being of no importance, esp. so as to divert attention from.
marginate having a margin or distinct border. [2 definitions]
margrave the military governor of a medieval German border province.