- (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.
- The Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ.
- (biblical character) Several other women in the New Testament, notably Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha.
Etymology: Maria, from ' (Maria), ' (Mariam), possibly from Aramaic ' (MaryÄm), bitter, from a root (<small>MR</small>) meaning "to be bitter". The name corresponds to the Hebrew ' (MiryÄm), Old Testament Miriam. The meaning is much debated.
- Dutch: Maria
- French: Marie
- German: Maria
- Italian: Maria
- Spanish: María
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- (gay slang, especially US) A male homosexual.
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