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Meaning of AVE MARIA

Pronunciation:  `âv`eymu'reeu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a salutation to the Virgin Mary now used in prayers to Her
 Synonyms: Hail Mary
 See Also: prayer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A"ve Ma*ri"a\, Ave Mary \A"ve Ma"ry\ [From the first
words of the Roman Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary; L. ave
hail, Maria Mary.]
1. A salutation and prayer to the Virgin Mary, as mother of
   God; -- used in the Roman Catholic church.

         To number Ave Maries on his beads.    --Shak.

2. A particular time (as in Italy, at the ringing of the
   bells about half an hour after sunset, and also at early
   dawn), when the people repeat the Ave Maria.

         Ave Maria ! blessed be the hour !     --Byron.

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