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Ave Maria

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



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Also called Hail Mary.

Origin of Ave Maria

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at ave

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British Dictionary definitions for Ave Maria

Ave Maria
/ (məˈriːə) /


another name for Hail Mary

Word Origin for Ave Maria

C14: from Medieval Latin: hail, Mary!
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