from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Roman Catholic Church See Hail Mary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A salutation and prayer to the Virgin Mary, as mother of God; -- used in the Roman Catholic church.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a salutation to the Virgin Mary now used in prayers to her
Middle English, from Medieval Latin Avē Maria.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)