Mar·y 1 (mârē), fl. first century AD.
In the New Testament, the mother of Jesus. According to Christian doctrine, she conceived while still a virgin, through the action of the Holy Spirit.
[Middle English, ultimately (via Old English Maria and Old French Marie) from Late Latin Marīa, from Greek Maria, Mariam, from Hebrew miryām; see rym in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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