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Mary

[mair-ee] /ˈmɛər i/
noun
1.
Also called Virgin Mary. the mother of Jesus.
2.
the sister of Lazarus and Martha. Luke 10:38–42; John 11:1,2.
4.
(Princess Victoria Mary of Teck) 1867–1953, Queen of England 1910–36 (wife of George V).
5.
Slang: Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to or address a male homosexual (sometimes used facetiously).
6.
a female given name.
Origin of Mary
1000
before 1000; Middle English Marie, Old English Maria < Late Latin < Greek < Hebrew Miryām
Can be confused
marry, Mary, merry.
Usage note
When referring to a male homosexual, the term Mary can be contemptuous. However, even in direct address, it is more often used for humorous effect, without intent to offend. In fact, Mary is a term sometimes adopted by gays themselves to address a gay man.

Mary I

noun
1.
("Bloody Mary") 1516–58, queen of England 1553–58 (wife of Philip II of Spain; daughter of Henry VIII).
Also called Mary Tudor.

Mary II

noun
1.
1662–94, queen of England 1689–94: joint ruler with her husband William III (daughter of James II).

Mary, Queen of Scots

noun
1.
(Mary Stuart) 1542–87, queen of Scotland 1542–67; beheaded for plotting to assassinate her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
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Examples from the Web for Mary
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  • It seemed that Mary believed her confidence his due, for she told him the fact.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • For Mary was in tears and was receiving the comfort of her mother and friend.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • "I—I—will give some money along with the house," faltered Mary Louise.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman Emma Speed Sampson
  • Still, it appeared that Mary had cared for him, and now her little romance was over.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • Charlie boy, try to tell Mary, where was he when the cross girl got him?

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
British Dictionary definitions for Mary

Mary1

/ˈmɛərɪ/
noun
1.
original name Princess Mary of Teck. 1867–1953, queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1910–36) by marriage to George V

Mary2

/ˈmɛərɪ/
noun
1.
(New Testament)
  1. Saint Mary, the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, believed to have conceived and borne him while still a virgin; she was married to Joseph (Matthew 1:18–25). Major feast days: Feb 2, Mar 25, May 31, Aug 15, Sept 8
  2. the sister of Martha and Lazarus (Luke 10:38–42; John 11:1–2)
2.
(Austral, obsolete, derogatory, slang) (pl) Maries. an Aboriginal woman or girl

Mary I

noun
1.
family name Tudor, known as Bloody Mary. 1516–58, queen of England (1553–58). The daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, she married Philip II of Spain in 1554. She restored Roman Catholicism to England and about 300 Protestants were burnt at the stake as heretics

Mary II

noun
1.
1662–94, queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1689–94), ruling jointly with her husband William III. They were offered the crown by parliament, which objected to the arbitrary rule of her father James II

Mary, Queen of Scots

noun
1.
family name Stuart. 1542–87, queen of Scotland (1542–67); daughter of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise. She was married to Francis II of France (1558–60), her cousin Lord Darnley (1565–67), and the Earl of Bothwell (1567–71), who was commonly regarded as Darnley's murderer. She was forced to abdicate in favour of her son (later James VI of Scotland) and fled to England. Imprisoned by Elizabeth I until 1587, she was beheaded for plotting against the English crown
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Word Origin and History for Mary

fem. proper name, Old English Maria, Marie, "mother of Jesus," from Latin Maria, from Greek Mariam, Maria, from Aramaic Maryam, from Hebrew Miryam, sister of Moses (Ex. xv.), of unknown origin, said to mean literally "rebellion." Nursery rhyme "Mary had a Little Lamb" written early 1830 by Sarah Josepha Hale of Boston; published Sept. 1830 in "Juvenile Miscellany," a popular magazine for children. Mary Jane is 1921 as the proprietary name of a kind of low-heeled shoe worn chiefly by young girls, 1928 as slang for marijuana.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Mary

Mary

noun

  1. A male homosexual who takes the passive, ''feminine'' role: He passed two willowy-looking queers, Mary's who'd decided to settle for each other (1970s+ Homosexuals)
  2. (also Mari) Marijuana (1960s+ Narcotics)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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