[mair-ist, mar-]

noun Roman Catholic Church.

a member of a religious order founded in Lyons, France, in 1816 for missionary and educational work in the name of the Virgin Mary.

Origin of Marist

From the French word Mariste, dating back to 1875–80. See Mary, -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of marist

Historical Examples of marist

  • Sometimes when the old Marist priest comes here he makes me feel d——d uncomfortable.

  • But my concern now is with the work of the Marist Brothers who have made Albert their headquarters.

    France and the Republic

    William Henry Hurlbert

British Dictionary definitions for marist



a member of the Society of Mary, a religious congregation founded in 1824
NZ a teacher or pupil in a school belonging to the Marist Order


of a Marist

Word Origin for Marist

C19: from French Mariste, from Marie Mary (the virgin)
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