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Ave Maria

[ah-vey muh-ree-uh] /ˈɑ veɪ məˈri ə/
noun
1.
(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.
2.
a recitation of this prayer.
3.
the bead or beads on a rosary used to count off each prayer as spoken.
Also called Hail Mary.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English; see ave
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British Dictionary definitions for Ave Maria

Ave Maria

/məˈriːə/
noun
1.
another name for Hail Mary
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin: hail, Mary!
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Word Origin and History for Ave Maria
Ave Maria
modified form of the angelic salutation to the Virgin (Luke i.28) used as a devotional recitation, early 13c., from the opening words (Ave [Maria] gratia plena").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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