- (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.
Origin of Ave Maria
Related Words for ave mariaave
Examples from the Web for ave maria
Historical Examples of ave maria
But as he spoke the bells of the villages around toned forth the Ave-Maria.
The village bells sound the Ave-Maria, but the sacred notes arrest her not—the evening prayer is forgotten in the thirst for gold.
His body is interred at the Cordeliers, and his heart deposited at the Ave-Maria.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
- another name for Hail Mary
Word Origin 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").