V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a large tent (also called a marquise); 2. a small roof or canopy projecting out over the entance of a building; 3. a sign over the entrance or window of a building

Synonyms: tent, canopy, covering, sign


Tips: Marquee is derived from the French marquise, which meant "a linen canopy placed over an officer's tent to distinguish it from others." Marquee can refer to the permanent tent or canopy over the entrance of a hotel or other building. You will often hear marquee used to refer to the sign in front of a movie theatre, which displays the movie(s) playing at the theatre. From this, you will also see marquee used as an adjective to refer to an actor who draws big audiences. The idea is you want an actor who's name is recognizable on the marquee (sign) and will beckon people to see the movie. For example, "Russell Crowe is a marquee actor."

Usage Examples:

The marquee outside the movie theatre listed all of the movies currently playing. (sign)

The marquee outside the stadium listed dates of upcoming concerts. (sign)

When the rain started, we ran under the hotel marquee for shelter. (tent, canopy over the entrance door)

We need a marquee actor for this film; otherwise, I don't think it will attract much of an audience. (big name) adjective

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