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3 definitions found
 for Ave Maria
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ave Maria \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.
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              To number Ave Maries on his beads.    --Shak.
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     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.
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              Ave Maria ! blessed be the hour !     --Byron.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Ave Maria
      n 1: a salutation to the Virgin Mary now used in prayers to her
           [syn: Ave Maria, Hail Mary]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "Ave Maria":
     Angelus, Ave, Hail Mary, Kyrie Eleison, Paternoster, aid prayer,
     appeal, beadroll, beads, beseechment, bidding prayer, breviary,
     chaplet, collect, communion, contemplation, devotions, entreaty,
     grace, impetration, imploration, intercession, invocation, litany,
     meditation, obsecration, obtestation, orison, petition, prayer,
     prayer wheel, rogation, rosary, silent prayer, suit, supplication,
     thanks, thanksgiving
  
  

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