A"ve Ma*ri"a (?), A"ve Ma"ry (?). [From the first words of the Roman Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary; L. ave hail, Maria Mary.]


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.


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.


© Webster 1913.

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