Definition of Stabat Mater in English:

Stabat Mater

noun

  • A medieval Latin hymn on the suffering of the Virgin Mary at the Crucifixion.

    ‘The concept of ‘God’ in Christianity is male, yet in the Stabat Mater and one other great religious text, the Magnificat, we find a unique feminine perspective.’
    • ‘‘Stabat Mater’ is particularly associated with the Stations of the Cross.’

Pronunciation

Stabat Mater

/ˌstäbät ˈmätər/ /ˌstɑbɑt ˈmɑtər/ /ˌstābat ˌmātər/ /ˌsteɪbæt ˌmeɪtər/

Origin

From the opening words Stabat mater dolorosa ‘Stood the mother, full of grief’.