Definition of Marist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛːrɪst/


1 (also Marist Father) A member of the Society of Mary, a Roman Catholic missionary and teaching order.
Example sentences
  • The First Catholic missionaries, Marists, landed in Samoa in 1845.
  • In 1826, the Methodist Mission successfully introduced Christianity to Tonga, and Marists introduced Roman Catholicism in 1842.
  • The Marists viewed themselves initially as itinerant missionaries, prepared to answer spiritual needs wherever they might arise.
2 (also Marist Brother) A member of the Little Brothers of Mary, a Roman Catholic teaching order.


Late 19th century: from French Mariste, from the given name Marie, equivalent of Mary.

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