Virgin Mary

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Etymology 1[edit]

virgin +‎ Mary, from the belief that Mary was still a virgin when she bore Christ.


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Proper noun[edit]

(the) Virgin Mary (plural Virgin Marys or Virgins Mary)

  1. (Christianity) Synonym of Mary, mother of Jesus.
    Synonyms: Blessed Virgin, Blessed Virgin Mary, Virgin
    • 1819 August, “Religious Retrospect”, in The Antijacobin Review; and Protestant Advocate: or, Monthly Political, and Literary Censor, volume LVI, number 56, London: [] G. Sidney, []; [] Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, [], page 570:
      They no more supposed that there were as many Jupiters, as images of Jupiter, than the Papists imagine there to be as many Virgins Mary as they have statues and pictures of her.
    • 1868, Thomas Inman, Ancient Faiths Embodied in Ancient Names: or an Attempt to Trace the Religious Belief, Sacred Rites, and Holy Emblems of Certain Nations. [], volume I, London, Liverpool: [] the Author, page 348:
      Now, since there are many ‘sects’ amongst Protestants, and many ‘orders,’ often rival ones, amongst the Roman Catholics, and since there are almost as many Virgins Mary as there are towns who own her sway, so we may expect to find in Palestine many rival ‘orders,’ ‘systems,’ or ‘temples.’
    • 1977, Helen Cooper, Pastoral: Mediaeval Into Renaissance, D. S. Brewer, →ISBN, page 85:
      One of his tableaux for her entry was designed to illustrate the peace brought by the two Virgins Mary: there was the Annunciation to the Virgin at the top of the pageant, a king and queen seated in the centre with Justice and Truth on either side of them, and at the bottom ‘ung iardin nommé le iardin de france’ containing shepherds and shepherdesses singing.
    • 1999, Touring Club of Italy, Florence: A Complete Guide to the Renaissance City, the Surrounding Countryside, and the Chianti Region, Touring Editore, published April 2000, →ISBN, page 139:
      [] three Virgins Mary, by Bicci di Lorenzo, Lorenzo Monaco, and Filippo Lippi (hall IV); []
    • 2016, Larissa Brewer-García, “Imagined Transformations: Color, Beauty, and Black Christian Conversion in Seventeenth-Century Spanish America”, in Pamela A. Patton, editor, Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America, Leiden, Boston, Mass.: Brill, →ISBN, page 122:
      Meanwhile, images of black women in this period in Spain and Spanish America appeared in painted portraits, prints, and statues of dark Virgin Marys.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of virgin +‎ Bloody Mary, from non-alcoholic drinks being labelled "virgin".

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Virgin Mary (plural Virgin Marys)

  1. A drink made with tomato juice and spices, resembling a Bloody Mary, but without alcohol.
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