Ave Maria

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A·ve Ma·ri·a

 (ä′vā mə-rē′ə)
n. Roman Catholic Church

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin Avē Maria.]

Ave Maria

(məˈriːə)
n
(Roman Catholic Church) another name for Hail Mary
[C14: from Medieval Latin: hail, Mary!]

A•ve Ma•ri•a

(ˈɑ veɪ məˈri ə)
n.
a prayer based on the salutation of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary and the words of Elizabeth to her, meaning “Hail Mary.”
Also called Hail Mary.
[1200–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin; see ave]

ave Maria

A Latin phrase meaning hail Mary, the opening words of a prayer to the Virgin Mary.
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Noun1.ave Maria - a salutation to the Virgin Mary now used in prayers to herAve Maria - a salutation to the Virgin Mary now used in prayers to her
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Then, again, from time to time, this mass of sublime noises opens and gives passage to the beats of the Ave Maria, which bursts forth and sparkles like an aigrette of stars.
On approaching the house of a stranger, it is usual to follow several little points of etiquette: riding up slowly to the door, the salutation of Ave Maria is given, and until somebody comes out and asks you to alight, it is not customary even to get off your horse: the formal answer of the owner is, "sin pecado concebida" -- that is, conceived without sin.
And you can forget two hours of Ave Marias - these new-fangled modern choirs are ready to rock