Ave Maria

[ ah-vey muh-ree-uh ]
/ ˈɑ veɪ məˈri ə /

noun

(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.

QUIZZES

QUIZ TIME: TEST YOUR MEMORY OF THE MAY 2020 WORDS OF THE DAY

Let the aeolian gusts transport you back to these popular Words of the Day from the month of May. How many do you remember?
Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means “to travel or journey, especially to walk on foot”?
Also called Hail Mary.

Origin of Ave Maria

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at ave
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for ave maria

British Dictionary definitions for ave maria

Ave Maria
/ (məˈriːə) /

noun

another name for Hail Mary

Word Origin for Ave Maria

C14: from Medieval Latin: hail, Mary!
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012