from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Marius, Gaius 155?-86 B.C. Roman general and politician. Elected consul seven times, he reformed the military and lost a disastrous civil war (88) to his political rival Sulla.
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- proper n. A male given name.
From Latin Marius, a Roman family name probably derived from Mars. By folk etymology seen as a masculine form of Maria. (Wiktionary)