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Stabat Mater

[stah-baht mah-ter, stey-bat mey-ter]
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noun
  1. (italics) a Latin hymn, composed in the 13th century, commemorating the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the Cross.
  2. a musical setting for this.
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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

noun
  1. 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
  2. a musical setting of this hymn
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Word Origin

from the opening words, literally: the mother was standing
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Word Origin and History for stabat mater

Stabat Mater

1867, from Latin Stabat Mater (dolorosa) "Stood the Mother (full of sorrow)," opening words of a sequence composed 13c. by Jacobus de Benedictus.

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