Simple Definition of Hail Mary
: a Roman Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary
American football : a long forward pass thrown into or close to the end zone as playing time runs out
Full Definition of Hail Mary
1 : a Roman Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary that consists of salutations and a plea for her intercession
2 : a long forward pass in football thrown into or near the end zone in a last-ditch attempt to score as time runs out
Examples of hail mary in a sentence
He threw up a Hail Mary at the end of the first half.
Origin of hail mary
translation of Medieval Latin Ave, Maria, from the opening words
First Known Use: 15th century
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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "Hail Mary"
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