Maria

1
[muh-ree-uh]

Origin of Maria

1
Shortening of Santa Maria.

Maria

2
[muh-ree-uh, -rahy-uh; Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish mah-ree-ah]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Mary.

mare

1
[mair]
noun
  1. a fully mature female horse or other equine animal.

Origin of mare

1
before 900; Middle English, variant of mere, Old English m(i)ere; cognate with Dutch merrie, German Mähre, Old Norse merr; akin to Old English mearh, Old Norse marr, Irish marc horse. See marshal
Can be confusedmare mayor

mare

2
[mair]
noun Obsolete.
  1. nightmare(def 3).

Origin of mare

2
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Mahre, Old Norse mara. See nightmare

mare

3
[mahr-ey, mair-ee]
noun, plural ma·ri·a [mahr-ee-uh, mair-] /ˈmɑr i ə, ˈmɛər-/. Astronomy.
  1. any of the several large, dark plains on the moon and Mars: Galileo believed that the lunar features were seas when he first saw them through a telescope.

Origin of mare

3
1680–90; < Latin: sea
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Examples from the Web for maria

Contemporary Examples of maria

Historical Examples of maria

  • "You all's goin' to have tea in the Cun'ls room to-night," said Maria.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Just then Maria put her head in at the door to say, "May Lilly, yo' mammy's callin' you."

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Maria had warned her not to waken her grandfather, so she admired it in whispers.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Why, Maria, if you look close ye can see jes' where the ants crawl in and out.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Vere is the pretty Maria to go then, vid her silks and her satins, her kegs and her cases'?

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle


British Dictionary definitions for maria

maria

noun
  1. the plural of mare 2

mare

1
noun
  1. the adult female of a horse or zebra

Word Origin for mare

C12: from Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German mariha, Old Norse merr mare

mare

2
noun plural maria (ˈmɑːrɪə)
  1. (capital when part of a name) any of a large number of huge dry plains on the surface of the moon, visible as dark markings and once thought to be seas: Mare Imbrium (Sea of Showers)
  2. a similar area on the surface of Mars, such as Mare Sirenum

Word Origin for mare

from Latin: sea
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Word Origin and History for maria

Maria

fem. proper name, from Late Latin; see Mary.

mare

n.3

"night-goblin, incubus," Old English mare "incubus, nightmare, monster," from mera, mære, from Proto-Germanic *maron "goblin" (cf. Middle Low German mar, Middle Dutch mare, Old High German mara, German Mahr "incubus," Old Norse mara "nightmare, incubus"), from PIE *mora- "incubus" (cf. first element in Old Irish Morrigain "demoness of the corpses," literally "queen of the nightmare," also Bulgarian, Serbian mora, Czech mura, Polish zmora "incubus;" French cauchemar, with first element from Old French caucher "to trample"), from root *mer- "to rub away, harm" (see morbid).

mare

n.1

"female horse," Old English mere (Mercian), myre (West Saxon), fem. of mearh "horse," from Proto-Germanic *markhjon- (cf. Old Saxon meriha, Old Norse merr, Old Frisian merrie, Dutch merrie, Old High German meriha, German Mähre "mare"), said to be of Gaulish origin (cf. Irish and Gaelic marc, Welsh march, Breton marh "horse"). No known cognates beyond Germanic and Celtic. As the name of a throw in wrestling, it is attested from c.1600. Mare's nest "illusory discovery, excitement over something which does not exist" is from 1610s.

mare

n.2

"broad, dark areas of the moon," 1765, from Latin mare "sea" (see marine), applied to lunar features by Galileo and used thus in 17c. Latin works. They originally were thought to be actual seas.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

maria in Science

mare

[märā]
Plural maria (rē-ə)
  1. Any of the large, low-lying dark areas on the Moon or on Mars or other inner planets. The lunar maria are believed to consist of volcanic basalts, and many are believed to be basins formed initially by large impacts with meteoroids and later filled with lava flows. Compare terra.
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