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Translingual

Abbreviation

ave

Synonyms

  • ae (ISO 639-1)

English

Etymology

ave

Pronunciation

Noun

ave
  1. Refers to an Ave Maria.
  2. A reverential salutation.
ave

Danish

Noun

ave
  1. discipline, check
    Du skal holde forureningen i ave.
    You must keep the pollution in check.

Esperanto

Etymology

From Esperanto avo

Adverb

ave
  1. grandfatherly (in the manner or way of a grandfather)

Interlingua

Noun

ave
  1. bird
  2. ave

Italian

Noun

ave
  1. Plural of ava

Latin

Noun

ave
  1. vocative singular of avus
  2. ablative singular of avis

Interjection

  1. hail! a formal expression of greetings
    Ave atque vale.
    Hail and farewell.
    Ave Caesar!
    Hail Caesar!

Portuguese

Etymology

From avis

Noun

  1. bird

Spanish

Etymology

From avis

Noun

  1. bird
  2. fowl

Synonyms

Extensive Definition

Ave! or aue! is a Latin phrase, 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!" http://catholic.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/lookup.pl?stem=aveo&ending=
The Classical Latin pronunciation of ave was . In Church Latin it is ideally , and in English it tends to be .
The term was notably used to greet the Caesar or other authorities. Suetonius recorded that gladiators before combat addressed Caesar with the words Ave Caesar! Morituri te salutant! ("Hail, Caesar! Those who are about to die salute you!")
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 used during Nazi Germany in the direct German translation, heil.

See also

Ave in French: Ave
Ave in Macedonian: Аве
Ave in Russian: Аве
Ave in Serbian: Ave
Ave in Swedish: Ave
Ave in Turkish: Ave (Latince)
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