[ah-vey, ey-vee]


hail; welcome.
farewell; goodbye.


the salutation “ave.”
(initial capital letter) Ave Maria.

Origin of ave

1200–50; Middle English < Latin: imperative 2nd singular of avēre to be well, fare well


or ave.

ave atque vale

[ah-we aht-kwe wah-le; English ey-vee at-kwee vey-lee, ah-vey aht-kwey vah-ley]

interjection Latin.

hail and farewell.
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  • I came to see, ma'am, whether you'd take me back, as I 'aven't got Baby now.

  • You go an' wash your 'ands, an' I'll 'ave your dinner up in 'alf a jiff!

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • They 'ave to 'ire one when they're in London so's to get about from one 'all to another.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Any'ow, I should go out if I was you, an' 'ave a look at London.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • She'd a done better to 'ave a good cry and tell me 'er troubles.

British Dictionary definitions for ave


sentence substitute

welcome or farewell

Word Origin for ave




noun RC Church

short for Ave Maria See Hail Mary
the time for the Angelus to be recited, so called because of the threefold repetition of the Ave Maria in this devotion
the beads of the rosary used to count the number of Ave Marias said

Word Origin for Ave

C13: from Latin: hail!




abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for ave

"hail," also "farewell," early 13c. (in reference to the Ave Maria), from Latin ave, second person singular imperative of avere "to be or fare well."

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