Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In music, same as march, 5: as, tempo di marcia, in march rhythm and time; marcia funebre, a funeral march, etc.

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  • proper noun A female given name.

Etymologies

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From Latin, feminine form of Marcius, a derivative of Marcus, ultimately from Mars, the god of war.

Examples

  • Bucky's girlfriend, Marcia, is a two-dimensional character whose main appeal lies in "the allure of her petite figure" and her sexual urgency.

    Philip Roth's "Nemesis," reviewed by Roxana Robinson

  • When Cantor abandons his post at the polio-riddled playground for the mountain summer camp where Marcia is working, his conscience is therefore savagely infected by the idea that he (in belittling comparison to his friends busy fighting Nazis in Europe) has not done the honourable thing.

    Nemesis by Philip Roth

  • I have no idea how many women he must have rendered on the page in the past 50 years but it must be close to 100, and yet his portrait of Marcia is as fresh and inventive as that of a first-timer.

    Nemesis by Philip Roth

  • While Marcia is acting like a real adult, keeping her organization afloat in the financials.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Marcia is a born storyteller and her books are beautifully written which makes them easy to read.

    You're invited to my book launch!

  • While Marcia is acting like a real adult, keeping her organization afloat in the financials.

    NYTimes finds a pretty & fun feminist!

  • But what I did is I called Marcia, who has -- you know, she was head writer of Donny and Marie.

    CNN Transcript Apr 10, 2009

  • I can't imagine the pain Marcia's family is feeling right now as new evidence comes to light.

    When Reality Intrudes

  • Over the weekend, I called Marcia, who hadn't talked to me since Thursday.

    Race Wars

  • Without another word Marcia signalled for the waiter.

    Flappers and Philosophers

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