What does the term marry mean in Romeo and Juliet?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The word "Marry" is an exclamation used in Shakespeare's time.  Its best definition is "indeed!".  For example, when Gregory says to Sampson:

No, marry; I fear thee.

The translation can be:

No, indeed; I fear thee.

I have included a good link to Shakespearean terms to help you in your reading.

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