Definition of Ave Maria in English:

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Ave Maria

Pronunciation: /ˌävā məˈrēə/


A prayer to the Virgin Mary used in Catholic worship. The first line is adapted from Luke 1:28. Also called Hail Mary.
Example sentences
  • It contains fourteen well known hymns such as Amazing Grace, Ave Maria, Be Still.
  • Highlights include Ave Maria and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, but nobody's going to buy it in January.
  • Triptych contains an Ave Maria, a Christmas Ode, and an Easter Cantata, all fairly brief.


Middle English: the opening words in Latin, literally 'Hail, Mary!'.

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Syllabification: A·ve Ma·ri·a

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