• WordNet 3.6
    • n marque a name given to a product or service
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Marque (Law) A license to pass the limits of a jurisdiction, or boundary of a country, for the purpose of making reprisals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n marque Seizure.
    • n marque Originally, a commission granted by the supreme authority of a state to a subject, empowering him to enter an enemy's territory and capture the goods or persons of the enemy in return for goods or persons taken by him.
    • n marque In present usage, a license or extraordinary commission granted by a sovereign or the supreme power of a state to its citizens to make reprisals at sea on the subjects of another, under pretense of indemnification for injuries received—that is, a license to engage in privateering. Letters of marque were abolished among European nations by the treaty of Paris of 1856. The United States declined to accede to this agreement, but proposed that all innocent private property at sea be exempt from seizure by public armed vessels in time of war.
    • n marque Hence— A private vessel commissioned to attack and capture the vessels of an enemy; a privateer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Marque märk a license to pass the marches or limits of a country for the purpose of making reprisals: a ship commissioned for making captures
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. marque, in lettre de marque, letter of marque, a commission with which the commandant of every armed vessel was obliged to be provided, under penalty of being considered a pirate or corsair; marque, here prob. meaning, border, boundary (the letter of marque being a permission to go beyond the border), and of German origin. See March border
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

In 1850, Don Antonio de Urbistondo, Marques de la Solana, came out to Manilla as Governor of the Philippines.
"Recollections of Manilla and the Philippines" by Robert Mac Micking
The third he made Marques of Saluce, the race of whom is to this daye of good fame and nobilitie.
"The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1" by William Painter
The captain announced himself as Senhor Marques da Costa.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Marshal de la Marque, with the king's permission, appointed the city of Sedan as the place of combat.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
The faithful Pero Marques again presses his suit.
"Four Plays of Gil Vicente" by Gil Vicente
Lieue marque (je), 709.
"An Introductorie for to Lerne to Read, To Pronounce, and to Speke French Trewly" by Anonymous
The most important events of the eighteenth century were the great earthquakes of 1755 and the ministry of the Marques de Pombal.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
To be sure, he was wounded too, but only through the arm; but 'La Marque' has got his passport.
"The Fortunes Of Glencore" by Charles James Lever
Well, that will not please me, Senor Marques.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
He and his neighbour, the Prince de Carmona, unknown to each other, loved two sisters, the daughters of the Marques de Montalban.
"A Poached Peerage" by William Magnay

In news:

Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints stretches for yardage while being held by Thomas DeCoud #28 and Dunta Robinson #23 of the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
But Marques Little and the Williamstown football team needed more than speed and skill in the South Jersey Group 5 semifinals.
At Hangar 18, Quai des Marques, a store sells Anne de Solene bedding.
Marques Little said there was a "demon" that his team needed to defeat.
Below are the numbers for Brees and Marques Colston in their two playoff wins.
Saints WR Marques Colston active for Chiefs game.
Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Safety Dashon Goldson (38) upending Saints receiver Marques Colston.
A new film about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, is stirring up controversy while getting good buzz from critics KCAL-TV's Suzanne Marques reports.
Grape growers in France are making Champagnes with big personalities, reports Lettie Teague—and challenging the grandes marques.
United States To See Return of Norton Marque.
You come up with a most capable yet affordable sports coupe that is extremely fun to drive under the guise of two distinctive marques.
Special guest DJ Marques Wyatt.
Colorado's Marques Mosley races to the end zone Friday, scoring on a 100-yard kickoff return against Utah during the Pac-12 teams' season finale at Folsom Field.
Marques Tervon Franklin, 18, was again taken into custody Saturday afternoon after escaping that morning.

In science:

Marques, editors. A Primer in Density Functional Theory, volume 620 of Lecture Notes in Physics.
Introduction - Strong interaction in the nuclear medium: new trends
Marques, (Eds.) (Springer, Berlin, 2003); S. K¨ummel and L.
Exact-exchange density functional theory for neutron drops
Their masses range from 0.80 M⊙ to 0.92 M⊙ and their ages from 28 Myrs to 17.6 Gyrs, after their appearance on the birthline. A description of the physical ingredients, chemical composition and initial conditions used in these models is given in Marques et al. (2008).
Estimating stellar mean density through seismic inversions
He was certainly a privateer, which was legal in those times, and he held a Letter of Marque signed by King William III authorising him to attack French and certain other vessels.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
Marques, Effect of a finite number of particles in the Bose-Einstein condensation of a trapped gas, Phys.
Ultracold atomic Fermi-Bose mixtures in bichromatic optical dipole traps: a novel route to study fermion superfluidity