See also: Marse

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From master

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marse ‎(plural marses)

  1. (obsolete, dialectal, US, Caribbean) Alternative form of master, often used as a general title of respect.
    • ante 1887, Innes Randolph, "Good Ol' Rebel Soldier":
      I followed old Marse Robert for four year near about / Got wounded in three place and starved at Point Lookout
    • 1941, Bernice Bowden, Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States[1]:
      My white folks was Ad White what owned me. Called him Marse Ad. Don't call folks marse much now-days.
    • 1941, Work Projects Administration, Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States[2]:
      All of marse Butler's people were Creek Indians.

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