marquee mär-ˈkē noun and adjective
noun: a large and often sumptuous tent
noun: permanent canopy over an entrance of an entertainment venue or hotel
adjective: having or being associated with fame, such as a widely-known person whose name appears on a marquee
The word marquee has appeared in 271 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 20 in “The Lakers, the Clippers and a Rare Fight for L.A. Basketball Primacy” by Michael Powell:
The Clippers’ biggest stars, Leonard and Paul George, possess a home-born advantage, as the men came of age on the exurban jack-rabbit desert fringes to which so many working-class Los Angeles-area families have been consigned by the economics of a city as grossly expensive as New York.
But street cred buys only so much love. The Clippers opened their home schedule against the Lakers this season, and when Leonard — the team’s marquee signing, a champion fresh off a title last year with Toronto — took the microphone to say a few words, the Lakers fans who had jammed the arena showered him with boos.
Not long afterward, Leonard attended an L.A. Rams football game and his smiling face appeared on the scoreboard, and again: Boooooooooo.