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

  • adj. Of or relating to the Virgin Mary, her cult, or her theology.
  • adj. Of or relating to Mary I of England or Mary Queen of Scots.
  • adj. Of or relating to Gaius Marius: the Marian reforms of the legions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A female given name.
  • adj. Of, or relating to the cult of the Virgin Mary
  • n. One of the Scots who remained loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots in the disputes following her deposition.
  • adj. Of or relating to Gaius Marius, Ancient Roman general and statesman.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Mari people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the Virgin Mary, or sometimes to Mary, Queen of England, daughter of Henry VIII.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Caius Marius, a noted Roman general (died 86 b. c.), or his followers.
  • Of or pertaining to the Virgin Mary: as, the Marian doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Of or pertaining to Queen Mary of England, daughter of Henry VIII.
  • n. see Maid Marian.
  • n. Same as mariet.
  • n. Holocentrus marinus, a chætodontoid fish found in the West Indies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or venerating the Virgin Mary

Etymologies

A variant of Marion, a medieval diminutive of Mary, often also interpreted as a contraction of Mary and Ann, or as a variant of Mariana. (Wiktionary)
Mary +‎ -an (Wiktionary)

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