[ mair-ist, mar- ]

nounRoman Catholic Church.
  1. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for Marist


/ (ˈmɛərɪst) RC Church /

  1. a member of the Society of Mary, a religious congregation founded in 1824

  2. NZ a teacher or pupil in a school belonging to the Marist Order

  1. of a Marist

Origin of Marist

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

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