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  • In the New Testament, the sister of Lazarus and Mary and a friend of Jesus.

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  • proper n. A female given name
  • proper n. The sister of Lazarus and Mary in the New Testament.


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From Latin Martha, from Ancient Greek Μαρθα (Martha), from Aramaic מרתא (martā) "the mistress", from מרה (MRH) "mistress", feminine of מרי (MRY) "master".


  • JENNIFER, CONTESTANT, "THE APPRENTICE: MARTHA STEWART": Before I ` d ever met Martha I thought she was a very serious, forward-thinking businesswoman, no nonsense.

    CNN Transcript Sep 21, 2005

  • Ever since, Mr. Move has had to label all Martha@ paraphernalia with a disclaimer: "This is in no way connected to or sponsored by the Martha Graham Entities."

    More of the Right Stuff

  • Shortly before Mr. Move's first performance of Martha@, he received a cease-and-desist order from Ron Protas, Martha Graham's estate holder-himself no stranger to controversy when it comes to Graham.

    More of the Right Stuff

  • JOHN MOXLEY, MARTHA MOXLEY'S BROTHER: I know now who killed Martha.

    CNN Transcript May 29, 2002

  • ACTRESS PLAYING MARTHA STEWART: Although, Martha, without any snow outside Christmas isn't Christmas.

    CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: What's Next for Martha Stewart? - February 2, 2001

  • On her right a girl with shoulder-length brown hair wore a pink headband with the name Martha embroidered on it in green.

    The Wish Stealers

  • Which might also explain why no one had recognized the name Martha Turner.

    Leftover Love

  • Yet when Layne finally did run across it, the name Martha Turner nearly leaped off the page at her.

    Leftover Love

  • Kelly and her friend, CM, who is barely an acquaintance of mine, had attempted to hide behind the name Martha, my mother-in-law's name.

    Brenda Wilhelmson: Alcoholic Fallout

  • They then sailed southward and visited a headland which they named Cape Cod, a small island now "No Man's Land," which they called Martha's Vineyard (a name since transferred to the larger island farther north), and the group called the Elizabeth Islands.

    England in America, 1580-1652


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