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Ave \A"ve\, n. [L., hail.]

  1. An ave Maria.

    He repeated Aves and Credos.

  2. A reverential salutation.

    Their loud applause and aves vehement.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"hail," also "farewell," early 13c. (in reference to the Ave Maria), from Latin ave, second person singular imperative of avere "to be or fare well."


Etymology 1 n. 1 An Ave Maria. 2 A reverential salutation. Etymology 2

alt. 1 avenue 2 average n. 1 avenue 2 average


Ave is a Latin word, used by the Romans as a salutation and greeting, meaning "hail". It is the singular imperative form of the verb avēre, which meant "to be well"; thus one could translate it literally as "be well" or "farewell".

The Classical Latin pronunciation of ave was or . In Church Latin, it is ideally , and in English, it tends to be pronounced .

The term was notably used to greet the Caesar or other authorities. Suetonius recorded that on one occasion, naumachiarii—captives and criminals fated to die fighting during mock naval encounters—addressed Caesar with the words Ave Caesar! Morituri te salutant! ("Hail, Caesar! Those who are about to die salute you!") in an attempt to avoid death. The expression is not recorded as being used in Roman times on any other occasion.

The Vulgate version of the Annunciation translates the salute of the angel to Mary, Mother of Jesus as Ave Maria, gratia plena ("Hail Mary, full of grace"). Ave Maria is a Catholic Marian prayer that also has inspired authors of religious music.

Fascist regimes during the 20th century also adopted the greeting. It was also distinctly used during the National Socialist Third Reich in the indirect German translation, heil.

AVE (disambiguation)

Ave is a Roman salutation. AVE is Alta Velocidad Española, a high speed train used in Spain.

AVE, Ave, Avé, or variants, may also refer to:

Ave (intermunicipal community)

The Comunidade Intermunicipal do Ave is an administrative division in Portugal. It was created in 2009. It takes its name from the Ave River. The seat of the intermunicipal community is Guimarães. Ave comprises parts of the former districts of Braga and Vila Real. The population in 2011 was 425,411, in an area of 1,451.31 km².

Ave is also a NUTS3 subregion of Norte Region. The subregion Ave covers the same area as the intermunicipal community, but including the municipalities Santo Tirso and Trofa ( Metropolitan Area of Porto), and excluding the municipalities Cabeceiras de Basto and Mondim de Basto. As of 2011, the subregion had a population of 511,737 and a total area of 1,246 km².

Ave is bordered to the north by Cávado, to the east by Alto Tâmega, to the southeast by Douro, to the south by Tâmega e Sousa and to the southwest by the Metropolitan Area of Porto. It is a densely populated area and one of the more industrialized in the country. The main industries are the textile industry, clothing and apparel. Part of the historical region of Minho, it is centered on the historic city of Guimarães (the birthplace of the Portuguese nationalism).

Avé (film)

Avé is a 2011 Bulgarian drama film directed by Konstantin Bojanov. The film is Bojanov's debut.

Usage examples of "ave".

I suppose that bearded bloke must ave dropped it, I suppose I must ave picked it up without thinking and that I went off with it in an absent-minded way.

I best not tell Nancy, or she might comeup and ave a jealous fit all over the room.

Goodbye, Mr Singleton, pleased to ave met you, and kind of you to elp me get a job.

I ought to ave taken im up some of me jam turnovers for is afternoon cup of tea.

Yes, and Mum said if we ave any more lodgers we might get a bit rich, then we could all ave two weeks oliday at Margate instead of only one.

Merc noticed the impression that Mada had made on Ave, and he hunched his back even more as he bent down to speak.

Mada and Ave crossed the breakwater and were returning with the board to the crowded beach, Mada felt uneasy.

You will go to his companion and tell him where Ave and I are going to meet.

Blood Guard will be interested to know that the insignificant roundhead whom he sees before him is only secretary to this distinguished trAveller, the clear-thinking Ave Mar, son of the Ruler of Danjab.

Among them, Ave Mar immediately recognised several famous temples which had been built in ancient times and had towered high over all the other buildings of that period.

Making an appalling din and poisoning the air, this medley of heterogeneous vehicles surged past the half-asphyxiated Ave or thundered overhead on the crazy bridges between the massive artificial canyons of the buildings.

Squeezed into a corner of the tiny lift-cage by other Faetians, Ave and Kutsi were taken up to the tiny room set aside for them in the expensive Palace of Visitors.

Kutsi Merc unpacked, Ave stood at the lancet window and looked out on an alien world.

Merc considered it necessary to display the traditional curiosity, so he and Ave did not allow themselves time for a rest, but trailed off into the famous roundhead quarters.

After leaving Um Sat, Ave devoted himself to the problem of a possible life for the Faetians on other planets.