Marian

Marian

[mair-ee-uhn or for 5, mar-]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the Virgin Mary.
2.
of or pertaining to some other Mary, as Mary Tudor of England or Mary, Queen of Scots.
noun
3.
a person who has a particular devotion to the Virgin Mary.
4.
an adherent or defender of Mary, Queen of Scots.
5.
a female given name, form of Mary.

Origin:
1600–10; Mary + -an

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Marian (ˈmɛərɪən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus
2.  of or relating to some other Mary, such as Mary, Queen of Scots or Mary I of England
 
n
3.  a person who has a special devotion to the Virgin Mary
4.  a supporter of some other Mary

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Marian
"of Mary," 1701, referring to the Virgin; also (1608) in ref. to the reign of Mary Queen of England (1553-8); and (1902) to Mary Queen of Scots (1542-87).

Marian
fem. proper name, collateral form of Marion, a dim. of Fr. Marie (see Mary), but mistaken in Eng. for a compound of Mary and Anne, and thus sometimes written Marianne.
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