Definition of ave in English:


Pronunciation /ˈävā/ /ˈɑveɪ/

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  • Used to express good wishes on meeting or parting.


  • 1

    (also Ave)
    short for Ave Maria

    ‘Thus these texts alone cannot constitute the source for the narrative meditations linked to the Ave prayer that appeared in later rosaries.’
    • ‘Regionally, the Ave prayer is beginning to replace the Paternoster.’
    • ‘It was thought that Mary loved hearing the Ave prayer because it reminded her of her happiness at the Incarnation.’
  • 2literary A shout of welcome or farewell.


Middle English from Latin, ‘fare well!’, singular imperative of avere.