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Mabel Tweet Definition of Mabel Like Definition of Mabel on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female).
     
Madeleine Tweet Definition of Madeleine Like Definition of Madeleine on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), the form of Magdalene.
     
madge Tweet Definition of madge Like Definition of madge on Facebook
noun 
  1. The barn owl.
  2. The magpie.
(webster)      
mag Tweet Definition of mag Like Definition of mag on Facebook
noun (plural: mags)
  1. (i, colloquial abbreviation) magazine, the publication or ammunition
  2. (i, colloquial abbreviation) magnet
  3. (i, colloquial abbreviation) mag wheel
  4. :brand new tires and steel style factory mags
     
Magdalene Tweet Definition of Magdalene Like Definition of Magdalene on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female).
  2. (context, Biblical character) w:Mary Magdalene, Mary Magdalene, a disciple of Jesus.
     
Maggie Tweet Definition of Maggie Like Definition of Maggie on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Diminutive of the female given name Margaret.
  2. w:Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister
     
Malcolm Tweet Definition of Malcolm Like Definition of Malcolm on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male)
     
manny Tweet Definition of manny Like Definition of manny on Facebook
noun (mann, ies)
  1. (informal) A male nanny (i, for children).
     
Manuel Tweet Definition of Manuel Like Definition of Manuel on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A male given name
     
Marc Tweet Definition of Marc Like Definition of Marc on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), a spelling variant of Mark in the French fashion.
     
Marcel Tweet Definition of Marcel Like Definition of Marcel on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A male given name.
     
Marcella Tweet Definition of Marcella Like Definition of Marcella on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female)
     
Marcia Tweet Definition of Marcia Like Definition of Marcia on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female)
     
Marcus Tweet Definition of Marcus Like Definition of Marcus on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), latinate form of Mark.
     
Margaret Tweet Definition of Margaret Like Definition of Margaret on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female).
     
Marge Tweet Definition of Marge Like Definition of Marge on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), short form of Margaret.
     
Margery Tweet Definition of Margery Like Definition of Margery on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), from a medieval vernacular form of Margaret.
     
Margot Tweet Definition of Margot Like Definition of Margot on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female) of French origin, a diminutive of Marguerite.
     
Marguerite Tweet Definition of Marguerite Like Definition of Marguerite on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female) borrowed from France in the 1860s.
     
Maria Tweet Definition of Maria Like Definition of Maria on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, ), latinate form of Mary.
     
Marian Tweet Definition of Marian Like Definition of Marian on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, ), a variant of Marion often also interpreted as a contraction of Mary and Ann.
adjective 
  1. of, or relating to the cult of the Virgin Mary
     
Marianne Tweet Definition of Marianne Like Definition of Marianne on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The personification of France
  2. (given name, female) of French origin.
     
Marie Tweet Definition of Marie Like Definition of Marie on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, ) borrowed from the French form of Mary; particularly popular as a middle name.
     
marina Tweet Definition of marina Like Definition of marina on Facebook
noun 
  1. a harbour for small boats.
It's a peaceful with not too many boats and yachts.
     
Mario Tweet Definition of Mario Like Definition of Mario on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), the Spanish and Italian cognate of Marius.
  2. (w:Nintendo, Nintendo games) A popular Nintendo character.
     
Marion Tweet Definition of Marion Like Definition of Marion on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), a French diminutive of Marie used in English since the Middle Ages.
  2. A surname derived from the female given name.
  3. (context, mostly, US) (given name, male), transferred use of the surname, or by folk etymology seen as a masculine form of Mary.
     
Mark Tweet Definition of Mark Like Definition of Mark on Facebook
proper noun (book of the Bible, Gospel of Mark)
  1. (given name, male). Jocular diminutive: Marky.
  2. (biblical) w:Mark the Evangelist, Mark the Evangelist, also called John Mark, first patriarch of Alexandria and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Mark.
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. Mark, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the second of the four gospels.
     
marlin Tweet Definition of marlin Like Definition of marlin on Facebook
noun (plural marlins)
  1. A game fish having a pointed spearlike upper jaw belonging to either of the genera Tetrapturus or Makaira.
     
Marsha Tweet Definition of Marsha Like Definition of Marsha on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), a spelling variant of Marcia..
     
Marshall Tweet Definition of Marshall Like Definition of Marshall on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Scottish status surname for someone who was in charge of the horses of a royal household, or an occupational surname for someone who looked after horses, or was responsible for the custody of prisoners
  2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname since nineteenth century.
     
Martha Tweet Definition of Martha Like Definition of Martha on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, )
    1. (context, Biblical character) The sister of Lazarus and Mary in the New Testament.
     
Martin Tweet Definition of Martin Like Definition of Martin on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male) originally given in honor of a fourth century soldier-saint.
  2. A European surname derived from the given name.
  3. An English habitational surname for some who lived near a mere.
     
Martina Tweet Definition of Martina Like Definition of Martina on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), usually interpreted as the feminine form of the saints' name Martin, though there was an identical Roman name, likewise derived from Martinus.
     
Marvin Tweet Definition of Marvin Like Definition of Marvin on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male).
  2. A character in Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, a paranoid android.
     
Mary Tweet Definition of Mary Like Definition of Mary on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female). It was considered too sacred to use before the end of the 12th century; very popular from the 17th to the 20th century.
  2. The Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ.
  3. (biblical character) Several other women in the New Testament, notably Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha.
     
Matilda Tweet Definition of Matilda Like Definition of Matilda on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female)
     
Matt Tweet Definition of Matt Like Definition of Matt on Facebook
proper noun (plural Matts)
  1. A short form of the male given name Matthew.
     
Matthew Tweet Definition of Matthew Like Definition of Matthew on Facebook
proper noun (book of the Bible, Gospel of Matthew)
  1. (given name, male)
  2. (biblical) w:Matthew the Evangelist, Matthew the Evangelist, one of the twelve disciples. A publican or tax-collector at Capernaum and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Matthew.
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. Matthew, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the first of the four gospels, a book attributed to Matthew the Evangelist.
     
Matthias Tweet Definition of Matthias Like Definition of Matthias on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (biblical character) The Apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot.
  2. (given name, male), derived from the same source as Matthew.
     
Maud Tweet Definition of Maud Like Definition of Maud on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A female given name, a Low German form of Matilda
     
Maura Tweet Definition of Maura Like Definition of Maura on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English, Scottish and Irish female given name, commonly regarded as a form of Mary
  2. A female given name of Italian derivation, the feminine of Mauro
     
Maureen Tweet Definition of Maureen Like Definition of Maureen on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a female given name; Irish form of Mary
     
Maurice Tweet Definition of Maurice Like Definition of Maurice on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male)
     
Max Tweet Definition of Max Like Definition of Max on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), diminutive of Maxwell.
  2. (given name, male), diminutive of Maximilian.
     
maxim Tweet Definition of maxim Like Definition of maxim on Facebook
noun 
  1. a succinct statement or observation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct
     
Maximilian Tweet Definition of Maximilian Like Definition of Maximilian on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male, ) A male given name.
     
Maxwell Tweet Definition of Maxwell Like Definition of Maxwell on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Scottish habitational surname from Mackeswell near Melrose.
  2. (given name, male), derived from the surname.
     
May Tweet Definition of May Like Definition of May on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The fifth month of the Gregorian calendar, following April and preceding June.
  2. The hawthorn or its blossoms (as it blooms in May)
  3. (given name, female), pet name for Mary and Margaret, reinforced by the month and plant meaning
  4. A surname.
     
Meg Tweet Definition of Meg Like Definition of Meg on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A diminutive of Margaret.
  2. A diminutive of Megan.
     
Mel Tweet Definition of Mel Like Definition of Mel on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Short form of female given names such as Melanie, Melody, and Melissa.
  2. Short form of the male given names Melvin and Melvyn.
     
Melanie Tweet Definition of Melanie Like Definition of Melanie on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female).
     
Melinda Tweet Definition of Melinda Like Definition of Melinda on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female) coined in the nineteenth century from names such as Melanie and Melissa together with the productive suffix -inda
     
Melissa Tweet Definition of Melissa Like Definition of Melissa on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (greekmyth) bee, Bee-nymph in Greek mythology.
  2. (given name, female, from Greek, ).
     
Melody Tweet Definition of Melody Like Definition of Melody on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, , ).
     
Melville Tweet Definition of Melville Like Definition of Melville on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Scottish habitational surname of Norman origin, from Malleville in Normandy
  2. w:Herman Melville, Herman Melville (1819-1891), an American novelist, essayist, and poet. He is best remembered for the novel s:Moby-Dick, Moby-Dick.
  3. His works or media adaptations of his works.
     
Mercedes Tweet Definition of Mercedes Like Definition of Mercedes on Facebook
proper noun ® (plural )
  1. Short form of Mercedes-Benz.
    1. A female given name of Spanish derivation (from "Marí­a de las Mercedes", Mary of Mercies (the Virgin Mary))
     
mercy Tweet Definition of mercy Like Definition of mercy on Facebook
noun (mercies, -)
  1. (uncountable) relenting; forbearance to cause or allow harm to another
She took on him and quit embarassing him.
  1. (uncountable) forgiveness or compassion, especially toward those less fortunate
Have on the poor and assist them if you can.
  1. (uncountable) a tendency toward forgiveness, pity, or compassion
Mercy is one of his many virtues.
  1. (countable) Instances of forebearance or forgiveness.
Psalms 40:11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord
     
Meredith Tweet Definition of Meredith Like Definition of Meredith on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Welsh surname.
  2. (given name, male).
  3. (given name, female).
     
merle Tweet Definition of merle Like Definition of merle on Facebook
noun 
  1. The European blackbird.
     
Merlin Tweet Definition of Merlin Like Definition of Merlin on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A wizard in the Arthurian legend.
     
merrily Tweet Definition of merrily Like Definition of merrily on Facebook
adverb 
  1. In a cheerful or merry manner.
    Merrily we row our boat... We're having so much fun we're singing about it.
     
merry Tweet Definition of merry Like Definition of merry on Facebook
adjective (merrier, merriest)
  1. jolly, Jolly and full of high-spirits
We had a very Christmas.
  1. festive, Festive and full of fun and laughter
Everyone was at the party.
  1. brisk, Brisk
The play moved along at a pace.
  1. happy or showing enjoyment
     
Meryl Tweet Definition of Meryl Like Definition of Meryl on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A female given name.
     
Micah Tweet Definition of Micah Like Definition of Micah on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (biblical) A book of the Old Testament of Bible, and of the Tanakh.
  2. Any of several people in the Old Testament, especially the minor prophet and author of this book.
  3. (given name, male) of Biblical origin.
     
Michael Tweet Definition of Michael Like Definition of Michael on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male, from Hebrew, ).
  2. (context, Judaism, Christianity) An archangel associated with defending Israel in the tribulation.
     
Michele Tweet Definition of Michele Like Definition of Michele on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), anglicized form of Michèle, a French spelling variant of Michelle
     
Mike Tweet Definition of Mike Like Definition of Mike on Facebook
noun See mike
  1. (defn, English)
proper noun (countable and uncountable; plural Mikes)
  1. (countable) (given name, male), diminutive of Michael.
  2. (uncountable) The letter M in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
     
Mildred Tweet Definition of Mildred Like Definition of Mildred on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female)
     
Miles Tweet Definition of Miles Like Definition of Miles on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male).
  2. A surname derived from the given name.
     
Millie Tweet Definition of Millie Like Definition of Millie on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), diminutive of Mildred, Millicent, Emily and Camilla.
     
Milly Tweet Definition of Milly Like Definition of Milly on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), a variant spelling of Millie, diminutive of Emily, Mildred, Millicent and Camilla.
     
Milton Tweet Definition of Milton Like Definition of Milton on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English habitational surname
  2. (given name, male) derived from the surname
  3. The English poet :w:John Milton (1608-1674)
  4. Name of many towns in Canada and the US
  5. Milton Keynes - large new town in England, 90km north of London
  • (pedialite)
     
Minerva Tweet Definition of Minerva Like Definition of Minerva on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Greek mythology) The goddess of wisdom, especially strategic warfare, and the arts, especially crafts and in particular weaving; daughter of Jupiter and Juno
     
Minnie Tweet Definition of Minnie Like Definition of Minnie on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a female given name, diminutive of Wilhelmina
     
minor Tweet Definition of minor Like Definition of minor on Facebook
noun 
  1. A person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability.
  2. A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, it became my .
    • I became an English .
verb 
  1. To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, I decided to in it.
adjective 
  1. of little significance or importance.
  2. (music): Of a musical scale in which some notes are sounded flat.
     
Mira Tweet Definition of Mira Like Definition of Mira on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (star) A binary star in the constellation Cetus; Omicron (ο) Boí¶tis. The system contains a variable red giant and a white dwarf. Its brightness varies from a magnitude 2 at its brightest to a magnitude 10 at its dimmest.
     
Miranda Tweet Definition of Miranda Like Definition of Miranda on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female)
  2. The smallest of Uranus' moons.
verb 
  1. To read somebody their rights on arrest as set out in Miranda v Arizona.
    • Has the suspect been Mirandaed?
    • McCarthy? provided that he was Mirandaed. I told her to videotape or to have someone videotape the conversation. http://www.courts.state.me.us/opinions/ 2003%20documents/03me40mc.pdf
     
Miriam Tweet Definition of Miriam Like Definition of Miriam on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (biblical character) Sister of Moses and Aaron, and the daughter of Amram and Jochebed. She appears first in the book of Exodus in the Hebrew Bible.
  2. (given name, female).
     
Mitchell Tweet Definition of Mitchell Like Definition of Mitchell on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname derived from the given name Michel (Michael), or from the word muchel meaning big.
  2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname.
     
Moira Tweet Definition of Moira Like Definition of Moira on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Greek mythology) The personification of fate.
     
moll Tweet Definition of moll Like Definition of moll on Facebook
noun 
  1. A woman companion of a gangster.
     
Mollie Tweet Definition of Mollie Like Definition of Mollie on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A female given name, alternative spelling of Molly
     
Mona Tweet Definition of Mona Like Definition of Mona on Facebook
proper noun (infl, en, proper noun)
  1. (given name, female).
     
Monica Tweet Definition of Monica Like Definition of Monica on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female).
     
Monroe Tweet Definition of Monroe Like Definition of Monroe on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Scottish topographic surname from Gaelic words meaning "foot of a hill"
     
Montague Tweet Definition of Montague Like Definition of Montague on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A member of Romeo's family in William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.
  2. (figuratively) By analogy with the Shakespearean play, a member or citizen of the family, party, or country of the husband in a Romeo and Juliet couple.
     
monte Tweet Definition of monte Like Definition of monte on Facebook
noun 
  1. (card games) A gamine in which 3 or 4 cards are dealt face-up and players bet which of them will first be matched in suit by others dealt.
     
Montgomery Tweet Definition of Montgomery Like Definition of Montgomery on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A male given name
  2. The capital city of Alabama; see Wikipedia:Montgomery, Alabama
     
Morgan Tweet Definition of Morgan Like Definition of Morgan on Facebook
noun 
  1. A breed of horse originating in Vermont.
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male)
  2. (given name, female, from Welsh, )
  3. A patronymic Welsh surname.
  4. Any of many place names.
     
Morris Tweet Definition of Morris Like Definition of Morris on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Scottish surname derived from the Norman given name Maurice
  2. An Irish surname, anglicized from í Muirghis
  3. A Welsh surname, anglicised from Meurig
  4. (given name, male), transferred use of the surnames, or a spelling variant of Maurice.
     
Morrison Tweet Definition of Morrison Like Definition of Morrison on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Scottish patronymic surname from the given name Morris or Maurice.
     
morse Tweet Definition of morse Like Definition of morse on Facebook
noun (morses)
  1. A walrus, Walrus.
1880-1881: Clements R Markham (editor), The Voyages of William Baffin, 1612-1622
  • Then we passed through a great deale of small ice, and sawe, upon some peices, two morses, and upon some, one; and also diuers seales, layeing upon peices of ice.
     
Mort Tweet Definition of Mort Like Definition of Mort on Facebook
proper noun (infl, en, proper noun)
  1. (given name, male, , ), often a diminutive of Mortimer
     
Mortimer Tweet Definition of Mortimer Like Definition of Mortimer on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A British topographical surname of Norman French origin, from Mortemer in France
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname
     
Morton Tweet Definition of Morton Like Definition of Morton on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. any of several places of that name (or Moreton) meaning "settlement near a moor or marsh"
  2. an English and Scottish habitational surname from the placename
     
Murray Tweet Definition of Murray Like Definition of Murray on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A river in southeastern Australia, flowing 2,589 km (1,609 mi) to the Indian Ocean.
  2. A city in Kentucky and also in Utah, USA.
  3. A Scottish surname.
  4. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname.
     
myrtle Tweet Definition of myrtle Like Definition of myrtle on Facebook
noun (plural: myrtles)
  1. An evergreen shrub or small tree of the genus Myrtus, native to southern Europe and north Africa.
     

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