[ pey-ter-nos-ter, pah‐, pat-er‐ ]
/ ˈpeɪ tərˈnɒs tər, ˈpɑ‐, ˈpæt ər‐ /
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(often initial capital letter)Also Pater Noster. the Lord's Prayer, especially in the Latin form.
a recitation of this prayer as an act of worship.
one of certain beads in a rosary, regularly every 11th bead, differing in size or material from the rest and indicating that the Lord's Prayer is to be said.
any fixed recital of words used as a prayer or magical charm.
a doorless, continuously moving elevator for passengers or goods, having numerous platforms or compartments that rise or descend on a moving chain.
(initial capital letter)Architecture. pearl molding.
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Origin of paternoster

before 1000; Middle English, Old English: Lord's prayer <Latin pater noster our father, its first two words in the Vulgate (Matthew VI: 9
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British Dictionary definitions for paternoster (1 of 2)

/ (ˌpætəˈnɒstə) /

RC Church the beads at the ends of each decade of the rosary marking the points at which the Paternoster is recited
any fixed form of words used as a prayer or charm
Also called: paternoster line a type of fishing tackle in which short lines and hooks are attached at intervals to the main line
a type of lift in which platforms are attached to continuous chains. The lift does not stop at each floor but passengers enter while it is moving

Word Origin for paternoster

Latin, literally: our father (from the opening of the Lord's Prayer)

British Dictionary definitions for paternoster (2 of 2)

/ (ˌpætəˈnɒstə) /

noun (sometimes not capital) RC Church
the Lord's Prayer, esp in Latin
the recital of this as an act of devotion

Word Origin for Paternoster

see paternoster
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