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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the Society of Mary, a congregation of Roman Catholic missionary priests founded in 1824.
  • n. A member of the Little Brothers of Mary, a Roman Catholic teaching congregation founded in 1817.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of any of several Roman Catholic organizations named after the Virgin Mary
  • adj. Of or pertaining to these organizations or their members

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a Roman Catholic congregation devoted to the management of schools, instruction in industry and agriculture, etc.
  • Pertaining or relating to the Virgin Mary; devoted to the service of the Virgin: as, Marist monks.

Etymologies

French Mariste, from Marie, the Virgin Mary, from Late Latin Maria; see marionette.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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