General English


  • noun
    (written as marché)
    the French word for market.


  • noun movement on foot
  • noun a piece of music, traditionally played when a regiment is marching on a parade
  • verb to move from one location to another on foot
  • verb to walk in a smart military manner (especially on a parade)


  • noun a political protest in the form of an organised walk through the streets by a group of people in support of a cause

Origin & History of “march”

English has three words march. The commonest is also the most recent: march ‘walk as a soldier’ (16th c.). Etymologically, this means virtually ‘trample down’. It comes via French marcher from Gallo-Roman *marcāre, a verb derived from late Latin marcus ‘hammer’. The month-name March (12th c.) goes back via Old French to Latin Martius, literally the ‘month of Mars, the god of war’ (Mars also gave English martial). March ‘boundary’ (13th c.) has now almost died out, apart from its use in the plural (‘the Marches’) as a geographical name. It comes via Old French marche from medieval Latin marca (source also of marquis and marchioness); and marca in turn goes back through Frankish *marka to prehistoric Germanic *markō, source of English mark.