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Origin of Mary
usage note for Mary
pronunciation note for Mary
In that region, Mary is pronounced with the same vowel as mare [mair], /mɛər/, marry with the same vowel as mat [mat], /mæt/, and merry with the same vowel as met [met]. /mɛt/.
Many of these regional distinctions persist despite the equalizing effect of modern communications technology. But because patterns of sound can shift, linguists have documented how certain vowel sounds have merged over time to be pronounced the same, though still spelled differently. The majority of Americans use the merged vowel [e], /ɛ/, as in met, for all three words. The three-way contrast can be heard in New York City and Boston. Philadelphia's three-way contrast includes an additional merger of Murray and merry, where both words are pronounced with the same vowel as fur [fur]. /fɜr/. Two-way mergers are also common, notably Mary and merry (but not marry ) in the South.
Other vowel mergers can be heard in regional dialects of American English, for example pin and pen, or cot and caught. Do you merge or not?
Words nearby Mary
Example sentences from the Web for Mary
He hits bottom at Rocamadour, a sanctuary in the Dordogne known as a citadel of faith devoted to Mary.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Gillingham tells Mary that he wants to make their lives simpler, but it sounds a little like the dying of the light.
Then again, this is not the high-spirited Mary we met in Season 1—indeed, none of the Crawleys are the same.
Maybe Mary is being more realistic about a second marriage—but is it too much to ask for a little fire?
Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon labels the show a “crass stunt” on a “bottom-feeding vortex of sadness network.”Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism|Samantha Allen|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Mary is fair as the morning dew— Cheeks of roses and ribbons of blue!
But Mary had gone home after dressing her mistress, and the fat boy came back again more disturbed than before.
He ruminated a little with a most disturbed expression of face, and left the room in search of Mary.
By an Act passed in the 4th of William and Mary foreign buttons made of hair were forbidden to be imported.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Mary, apparently much relieved, hurried away with her message.
British Dictionary definitions for Mary (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for Mary (2 of 2)
- Saint Mary or 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
- the sister of Martha and Lazarus (Luke 10:38–42; John 11:1–2)