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

  • In the New Testament, the mother of Jesus and the principal saint of many Christian churches.
  • In the New Testament, a sister of Lazarus and Martha and a friend of Jesus.
  • Mary 3 1867-1953. Queen of George V of Great Britain and the mother of Edward VIII and George VI.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A female given name.
  • proper n. The Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ.
  • proper n. Any of several other women in the New Testament, notably Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Marrow.
  • interj. See marry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See marry.
  • n. A Middle English form of marrow.

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

  • n. the mother of Jesus; Christians refer to her as the Virgin Mary; she is especially honored by Roman Catholics


Late Latin Maria, from Greek Maria, Mariam, from Hebrew miryām; see rym in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin Maria, from Ancient Greek Μαρία (Maria), Μαριάμ (Mariam), possibly from Aramaic מרים (maryām, "bitter"), from a root מר (MR, "to be bitter"). The name corresponds to the Hebrew מרים (Miryām), Old Testament Miriam. The meaning is much debated. Some argue it means mutiny, rebellion, disobedience from the Hebrew root מרי (m-r-y). (Wiktionary)



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