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1. An expression of greeting or farewell.
2. Ave Roman Catholic Church Ave Maria.

[Middle English, from Latin avē.]
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(ˈɑːvɪ; ˈɑːveɪ)
sentence substitute
welcome or farewell


1. (Roman Catholic Church) short for Ave Maria See Hail Mary
2. (Roman Catholic Church) the time for the Angelus to be recited, so called because of the threefold repetition of the Ave Maria in this devotion
3. (Roman Catholic Church) the beads of the rosary used to count the number of Ave Marias said
[C13: from Latin: hail!]




abbreviation for
(Human Geography) avenue
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(ˈɑ veɪ, ˈeɪ vi)

1. hail; welcome.
2. farewell; good-bye.
3. the salutation “ave.”
4. (cap.) Ave Maria.
[1200–50; Middle English < Latin: imperative 2nd singular of avēre to be well, fare well]


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ABBR =avenueAv., Avda.
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Ave (Maria)

nAve(-Maria) nt
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References in classic literature ?
I 'ave thrown 'im very hard, for my nerves and my toothache and my 'atred 'ave given me the giant's strength.
He 'ave assured the angry American woman that I go at once.
"But you'll 'ave to make them do till I dry yours out by the fire."
"I only 'ope yer don't ever 'ave to get used to such as that in this life, 'cos you've got a bloomin' soft skin, that you 'ave, more like a lydy's than any I know of.
She might 'ave done it so as not to disgrace herself."
"Let's 'ave a little brandy," he said when the coffee was brought, "and blow the expense."
"Begar, me remember dem ver well," said the French lieutenant: "me ave read them at school in dans Madam Daciere, des Greek, des Trojan, dey fight for von woman--ouy, ouy, me ave read all dat."
Will you pe take de odder pottle, or ave you pe got zober yet and come to your zenzes?"
"Oh, if you say so, we'll 'ave 'em out of it in two twos.
"One thousand Aves and as many Credos, said standing with arms outstretched before the shrine of the Virgin, may help thee to remember that the Creator hath given us two ears and but one mouth, as a token that there is twice the work for the one as for the other.
Item, that upon brother Ambrose reproving him for this blasphemous wish, he did hold the said brother face downwards over the piscatorium or fish-pond for a space during which the said brother was able to repeat a pater and four aves for the better fortifying of his soul against impending death."
I serve the duty of my chapel duly and truly Two masses daily, morning and evening, primes, noons, and vespers, aves, credos, paters ''