Mary

noun

1
: the mother of Jesus
2
: a sister of Lazarus and Martha and a friend of Jesus

Word History

Etymology

Late Latin Maria, from Greek Mariam, Maria, from Hebrew Miryām Miriam

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mary was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near Mary

Cite this Entry

“Mary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mary. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ