Definition of Ave Maria in English:

Ave Maria

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Pronunciation: /ˌɑːveɪ məˈriːə


  • A prayer to the Virgin Mary used in Catholic worship. The first line is adapted from Luke 1:28. Also called Hail Mary.
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    • 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.


the opening words in Latin, literally 'hail, Mary!'.

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