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Mar·i·an 1

 (mâr′ē-ən, măr′-)
1. Of or relating to the Virgin Mary or to the veneration of the Virgin Mary as a tradition within some forms of Christianity.
2. Of or relating to Mary I of England or Mary Queen of Scots.

Mar·i·an 2

 (mâr′ē-ən, măr′-)
Of or relating to Gaius Marius: the Marian reforms of the legions.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus
2. (Historical Terms) of or relating to some other Mary, such as Mary, Queen of Scots or Mary I of England
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who has a special devotion to the Virgin Mary
4. (Historical Terms) a supporter of some other Mary


(ˈmɛər i ən)

1. of or pertaining to the Virgin Mary.
2. of or pertaining to Mary I of England or Mary, Queen of Scots.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Marian - of or relating to or venerating the Virgin MaryMarian - of or relating to or venerating the Virgin Mary


[ˈmɛərɪən] ADJmariano
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Robin Hood has left Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, and all his merry men to hunt the deer and make ready the feast.
Then Marian tells how, when the huntsmen cut up the stag, they threw the bone called the raven's bone to one that sat and croaked for it.
Dairyman Crick and his wife, the milkmaids Tess, Marian, Retty Priddle, Izz Huett, and the married ones from the cottages; also Mr Clare, Jonathan Kail, old Deborah, and the rest, stood gazing hopelessly at the churn; and the boy who kept the horse going outside put on moon-like eyes to show his sense of the situation.
Tis no use for you to be in love with him any more than me, Retty Priddle," said jolly-faced Marian, the eldest, slily.
Marian, puzzled by the question, answered that she was going to sleep, as usual, with 'Aunt Agnes.
Little Marian had been got ready for bed as usual, and had
He was very kind and good to me, Marian, and I am ashamed to say I distressed him by crying.
All I can do, Marian, is not to add the remembrance that I have broken my promise and forgotten my father's dying words, to make that wretchedness worse.
The other was Marian Fitzwalter, only child of the Earl of Huntingdon.
He took the arrow and strode to the next box where sat Maid Marian.
His sister Marian had been keeping company with an industrious young mechanic, of German extraction, who, after thoroughly learning the trade, had set up for himself in a bicycle-repair shop.
Several evenings later Marian again visited him, this time alone.