Stabat Mater

[ stah-baht mah-ter, stey-bat mey-ter ]
/ ˈstɑ bɑt ˈmɑ tɛr, ˈsteɪ bæt ˈmeɪ tər /

noun

(italics) a Latin hymn, composed in the 13th century, commemorating the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the Cross.
a musical setting for this.

Origin of Stabat Mater

literally, the mother was standing, the first words of the hymn
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British Dictionary definitions for stabat mater

Stabat Mater
/ (ˈstɑːbæt ˈmɑːtə) /

noun

RC Church a Latin hymn, probably of the 13th century, commemorating the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the crucifixion and used in the Mass and various other services
a musical setting of this hymn

Word Origin for Stabat Mater

from the opening words, literally: the mother was standing
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