Mary Magdalene


Mary Mag·​da·​lene -ˈmag-də-lən How to pronounce Mary Magdalene (audio)
: a woman who was healed of evil spirits by Jesus and who saw the risen Christ near his sepulchre

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Like Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the true story of Dan Brown and the horse trainer will remain a secret lost to time. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 28 Dec. 2021 In one gripping scene, Capricorn studies Pollock’s splotches and deduces that Lee Krasner was a direct descendant of Mary Magdalene. Jiji Lee, The New Yorker, 6 Oct. 2021 The novel also highlights the importance of women in Christianity, reaching back to Eve, the Virgin Mary, and Mary Magdalene., 2 Sep. 2021 Throughout the event, the director Ashley Tata will weave together music videos, live drawings, audience submissions and conversations with several artists, helping bring to life music inspired by figures as varied as Rachel Carson and Mary Magdalene. New York Times, 5 Dec. 2020 Paul, John, Augustine, and Mary Magdalene, from around 1517, was painted for a chapel in Bologna when Raphael was becoming famous throughout Italy. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 2 Sep. 2020 Playing Mary Magdalene, a saint who Scripture says was a follower of Jesus, was what connected Mota to her faith and to the community of Immaculate Conception and St. Michael Parish at a young age. Nell Salzman, Chicago Tribune, 8 Apr. 2023 In the Greco-Roman culture of that time, there was nothing more objectionable, shameful or pathetic than the victim of a crucifixion—and yet Peter, Paul, John, Thomas, Mary Magdalene and their companions announced none other than a crucified Messiah. Robert Barron,, 6 Apr. 2023 Rose Hanbury, Marchioness of Cholmondeley attends Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Late Latin Magdalene, from Greek Magdalēnē

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Mary Magdalene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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