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Mary1 US English

Mother of Jesus; known as the (Blessed) Virgin Mary, or St. Mary, or Our Lady. According to the Gospels, she was a virgin betrothed to Joseph and conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. She has been venerated by Catholic and Orthodox Churches from earliest Christian times. Feast days, January 1 (Roman Catholic Church), March 25 (Annunciation), August 15 (Assumption), September 8 (Nativity), December 8 (Immaculate Conception)

Mary2 US English

The name of two queens of England

Mary3 US English

An Aboriginal woman

Mary, Queen of Scots US English

(1542–87), daughter of James V; queen of Scotland 1542–67; queen consort of France 1559–60 as the wife of Francis II; known as Mary Stuart. A devout Catholic, she was unable to control her Protestant lords and fled from Scotland to England in 1567. She became the focus of several Catholic plots against Elizabeth I and was eventually beheaded. Her son James VI of Scotland became James I of England

Mary in Lamb, Charles US English

(1775–1834), English essayist and critic. The author of Essays of Elia (1823), he wrote Tales from Shakespeare (1807) with his sister Mary (1764–1847)

Mary in Typhoid Mary US English

A transmitter of undesirable opinions, sentiments, or attitudes

Mary J US English

= Mary Jane.

Hail Mary US English

A prayer to the Virgin Mary used chiefly by Roman Catholics, beginning with part of Luke 1:28

Mary, St. US English

See Mary.

Mary Ann US English

Derogatory. An effeminate man, or one who takes a female role; a male homosexual.

Mary blue US English

A light or medium blue colour.

Mary bud US English

(Now only in echoes of Shakespeare) the bud of a marigold.

Mary fist US English

(The hand as used in) male masturbation.

Mary Jane US English

A flat, round-toed shoe for women and girls, with a single strap across the top

Mary Rose US English

A heavily armed ship, built for Henry VIII, that in 1545 sank with the loss of nearly all her company when going out to engage the French fleet off Portsmouth. The hull was raised in 1982

Mary sole US English

The megrim, Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis.

Webb, Mary US English

(1881–1927), English novelist; full name Gladys Mary Webb. Her novels, such as Gone to Earth (1917) and Precious Bane (1924), are representative of much regional English fiction popular at the beginning of the century

Bloody Mary1 US English

The nickname of Mary I of England (see Mary)

Bloody Mary2 US English

A drink consisting of vodka and seasoned tomato juice

Mallon, Mary US English

(C.1870–1938) US cook; born in Ireland; known as Typhoid Mary. Immune to typhoid herself, she spread the disease while working in New York City. She was institutionalized for life from 1914 to protect others

Martin, Mary US English

(1913–90), US actress and singer; full name Mary Virginia Martin. She starred in the Broadway musicals South Pacific (1949), Peter Pan (1954), and The Sound of Music (1959)

Mary Ellen US English

In Liverpool: a working-class woman, especially a fruit-seller or market trader.

Mary Tudor US English

, Mary I of England (see Mary).

Mary Warner US English

= Mary Jane.

muscle Mary US English

A homosexual man who has prominent, well-developed muscles

Quant, Mary US English

(1934-), English fashion designer. She launched the miniskirt in 1966 and promoted bold colors and geometric designs. She was also one of the first to design for the ready-to-wear market

Queen Mary US English

A type of long low-loading road trailer originally used to transport tanks, aircraft, etc., during the Second World War (1939–45). Now chiefly historical.

Stuart, Mary US English

See Mary, Queen of Scots.

Tudor, Mary US English

, Mary I of England (see Mary).

Virgin Mary US English

The mother of Jesus (see Mary).

blue-eyed Mary US English

A low-growing plant of the borage family that bears bright blue flowers and spreads by means of runners

Cassatt, Mary US English

(1844–1926), US painter. Known for her draftsmanship, etching, and dry-point studies, she was persuaded by Edgar Degas to exhibit with the impressionists. She worked mostly in Paris, and her paintings, including Lady at the Tea Table (1885), display a close interest in everyday subject matter

McAleese, Mary US English

(B.1951), Irish stateswoman, President 1997–2011; full name Mary Patricia McAleese

McCarthy, Mary US English

(1912–89), US novelist and critic; full name Mary Therese McCarthy. Her novels are satirical social commentaries that draw on her experience with intellectual circles and academic life. Notable novels: The Groves of Academe (1952) and The Group (1963)

Mary Celeste US English

An American cargo ship that was found adrift in the North Atlantic in December 1872 in perfect condition but abandoned. The fate of the crew and the reason for the abandonment of the ship remain a mystery

Mary Gregory US English

A type of decorative glassware manufactured in the United States towards the end of the 19th cent., which is typically tinted and painted with designs, especially figures of children, in white enamel. Frequently attributive, especially in Mary Gregory glass.

Mournful Mary US English

The siren used at Dunkirk during the First World War (1914–18).

Pickford, Mary US English

(1893–1979), US actress, born in Canada; born Gladys Mary Smith. A star of silent movies, she usually played the innocent young heroine, as in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) and Pollyanna (1920). With Douglas Fairbanks, her husband from 1919 to 1936, she was a cofounder of United Artists in 1919

Renault, Mary US English

(1905–83), British novelist; resident in South Africa from 1948; pseudonym of Mary Challans. She wrote historical novels set in the ancient world, notably a trilogy dealing with Alexander the Great (1970–81)

Robinson, Mary US English

(1944-), Irish stateswoman; president 1990–1997; full name Mary Terese Winifred Robinson. She was Ireland’s first woman president, noted for her platform of religious toleration and her liberal attitude, and served as the UN high commissioner for human rights 1997–2002

Shelley, Mary US English

(1797–1851), English writer; daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft; full name Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. She eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1814 and married him in 1816. She is chiefly remembered as the author of the Gothic novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818)

Typhoid Mary US English

A transmitter of undesirable opinions, sentiments, or attitudes

Queen Mary hat US English

A type of small hat or toque popularized by Queen Mary, who favoured it because it allowed the public a clear view of her face.

Buss, Frances Mary US English

(1827–94), English educationist. She was in charge of the North London Collegiate School for Ladies (1850–94) and campaigned for higher education for women with her friend Dorothea Beale

Eddy, Mary Baker US English

(1821–1910), US religious leader; founder of the Christian Science movement. Long a victim of various ailments, she believed herself cured by a faith healer, Phineas Quimby (1802–1866), and later evolved her own system of spiritual healing

Evans, Mary Ann US English

See Eliot, George.

Lyon, Mary Mason US English

(1797–1849), US educator. She founded Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (later Mount Holyoke College) in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1837 and served as its first president 1837–49

Mary and Johnny US English

= marijuana.

Mary Bell order US English

A court order prohibiting the publication of information which might lead to the identification of a child who is a ward of court or otherwise involved in legal proceedings.

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