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Ave Maria

[ah-vey muh-ree-uh] /ˈɑ veɪ məˈri ə/
(italics) the first two words of the Latin version of a prayer in the Roman Catholic Church, based on the salutation of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary and the words of Elizabeth to her.
a recitation of this prayer.
the bead or beads on a rosary used to count off each prayer as spoken.
Also called Hail Mary.
Origin of Ave Maria
1200-50; Middle English; see ave Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Yet it seemed to her as though days had elapsed since she sang the Ave Maria in the cathedral.

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • Because of former scandals, it appeared: Martello and Ave Maria.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • Come to me this evening about the Ave Maria—or a little earlier.

    A Roman Singer F. Marion Crawford
  • “Yes, I have my proofs,” replied Ave Maria, shaken with a furious cough.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • At the familiar syllables of the Ave Maria the shuddering sailors hushed their cries and oaths and listened, on their knees.

  • And then floating over the waters came the sound of the 'Ave Maria!'

    Wanderings in Patagonia Julius Beerbohm
  • I had had him leave the city Sunday evening at the Ave Maria.

  • In a moment a soft and sympathetic voice was singing the first notes of Tosti's 'Ave Maria.'

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • Alisanda made the sign of the cross, and her lips moved in quick prayer: "Ave Maria purisima—"

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for Ave Maria

Ave Maria

another name for Hail Mary
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin: hail, Mary!
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ave Maria

modified form of the angelic salutation to the Virgin (Luke i:28) used as a devotional recitation, early 13c., from the opening words ("Ave [Maria] gratia plena").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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