As nouns the difference between marquess and marquisate
is that marquess
is a title of nobility, ranking beneath a duke and above an earl while marquisate
is the territory held by a marquis or margrave.
A title of nobility, ranking beneath a duke and above an earl.
The territory held by a marquis or margrave.
The state or rank of a marquis.
*2009 , Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall , Fourth Estate 2010, p. 394:
*:he has Mary Boleyn's word for it that the marquisate has bought Henry only the right to caress her sister's inner thigh.