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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
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at ave Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On that day let every Roman remain indoors until an hour after Ave Maria.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Expect me this evening about Ave Maria, and arrange it that I may see you alone.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Chance might have brought him face to face with Ave Maria, on the stage of a music-hall.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • “Yes, I have my proofs,” replied Ave Maria, shaken with a furious cough.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • Because of former scandals, it appeared: Martello and Ave Maria.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • We go off duty at Ave Maria this evening, but to-morrow we have the night watch.

    Stradella F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • Yet it seemed to her as though days had elapsed since she sang the Ave Maria in the cathedral.

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • 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.

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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