Definition of ave in English:

ave

exclamation

literary
  • Used to express good wishes on meeting or parting.

noun

  • 1

    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.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ave

/ˈɑːveɪ/