Definition of paternoster in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpadərˌnästər/


1(In the Roman Catholic Church) the Lord’s Prayer, especially in Latin.
Example sentences
  • Finish with a colloquy to Christ our Lord, and finally a paternoster.
  • My paternoster is a combination of real paternosters in several universal languages from the last three or four centuries, including Esperanto, plus, if I remember correctly, a piece from Gulliver's Travels.
  • I had a contemplation of the sufferings of Christ, and I besought him to let me feel his sorrows with him, and prayed five paternosters in adoration of the five sacred wounds.
1.1Any of a number of special beads occurring at regular intervals in a rosary, indicating that the Lord’s Prayer is to be recited.
2 (also paternoster lift) An elevator consisting of a series of linked doorless compartments moving continuously on an endless belt.
Example sentences
  • As for rigs, I recommend not having the lead directly on the line, helicopter and in-line styles are a no-no; use a short link ledger or paternoster.
  • It was not suggested by the appellants, either in evidence or by submission, that there was any second-hand source of paternoster machines.


Old English, from Latin pater noster 'our father', the first words of the Lord's Prayer.

Words that rhyme with paternoster

Costa, coster, defroster, foster, Gloucester, impostor, roster

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Syllabification: pa·ter·nos·ter

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