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Martha

[mahr-thuh]
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noun
  1. the sister of Mary and Lazarus. Luke 10:38–42; John 11:1–44.
  2. a female given name: from an Aramaic word meaning “lady.”
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Martha

noun
  1. Saint Martha New Testament 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
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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.

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