Ave Maria: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ä'vā mu-rē'u), [key]
- (italics.) the first two words of the Latin version of a prayer in the Roman Catholic Church, based on the salutation of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary and the words of Elizabeth to her.
- a recitation of this prayer.
- the bead or beads on a rosary used to count off each prayer as spoken.