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[mahr-thuh] /ˈmɑr θə/
the sister of Mary and Lazarus. Luke 10:38–42; John 11:1–44.
a female given name: from an Aramaic word meaning “lady.”. Unabridged
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  • When Martha came to help her dress for dinner, she still sang.

    Parrot & Co. Harold MacGrath
  • Time had never been when Martha Ann Jackson was so flustered.

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Of the four of them Martha the Mare, who was dressed like a man, showed the least change.

    Lysbeth H. Rider Haggard
  • Martha Ann, who was listening at the door, was sobbing audibly.

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • I had seen a lot of different girls of all kinds since I had seen Martha.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
British Dictionary definitions for Martha


(New Testament) Saint Martha, a sister of Mary and Lazarus, who lived at Bethany and ministered to Jesus (Luke 10:38–42). Feast day: July 29 or June 4
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Martha

fem. proper name, from Aramaic Maretha, literally "lady, mistress," fem. of mar, mara "lord, master." As the type name of one concerned with domestic affairs, it is from Luke x:40, 41. Martha's Vineyard discovered 1602 by English explorer Gabriel Archer and apparently named by him, but the identity of the Martha he had in mind is unknown now.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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