from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Robin Hood's sweetheart.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lady of the May games; one of the characters in a morris dance; a May queen. Afterward, a grotesque character personated in sports and buffoonery by a man in woman's clothes.
- n. A kind of dance.
- adj. A prominent character in the legend of Robin Hood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, the queen of the May, one of the characters in the old morris-dance, often a man in woman's clothes.
- n. A kind of dance; a morris-dance or Moorish dance.
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The 10th cricket World Cup, to be heralded by Bryan Adams fawning over Maid Marian at the opening ceremony in Dhaka, has no similar peak to overshadow it.
In fact, there is no Maid Marian at all in the first surviving evidence of the Robin Hood myth from the 14th century.
In the late 1980s, the BBC children's TV series Maid Marian and her Merry Men took the bold step of making her the leader of the pack, ruling over a foolish Robin who was kept on as a figurehead.
In a paper called 'The Forest Queen' Knight discussed the idea, in passing, that since Maid Marian did so little in most versions of the story, perhaps there was a way of seeing all the repetitive male bonding in the adventures as a saga of homosexual values.
Sir Ridley Scott has asked for a further $8m from his backer, Universal Films, to add an extra dimension to his untitled Robin Hood venture starring Russell Crowe in the lead role and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian.
She definitely has the long, flowing dark red hair that Maid Marian is known for.
Musician, fine artist and 3d-modeler Art Laxness (aka Will Segerman) is releasing five full-perm sculpted prim Noobs into the wild today, as well as a pack of interchangeable and amusing modifiable heads: Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, Maid Marian, and a couple of your more basic noobs (read: blank expressions).
Nor is this "Robin Hood" going to be caught with the politically incorrect attitude toward women: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's Maid Marian is a feisty, take-charge aristocrat, and Little John's wife, Sarah, isn't just a whiz at childbearing, she's no slouch on the battlefield.
If Helene Bonham Carter is playing Maid Marian, consider me out.
That's Richard as Sir Guy with Maid Marian in the second season of Robin Hood, probably shocked that the series has been renewed for a third season.