sterre of þe see

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Middle English[edit]


Calque of Latin Stella Maris, an epithet for the Virgin Mary. Arose as a scribal mistranscription of stilla maris ("drop of the sea"), which in turn was an interpretation of Mary's name in Aramaic, Maryam, as Hebrew מר(mar, "drop") +‎ ים(yam, "sea").

Proper noun[edit]

sterre of þe see

  1. (Christianity) The Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ.

Related terms[edit]


  • English: Star of the Sea