Hail Mary

noun

Definition of Hail Mary

plural

Hail Marys

  1. 1 :  a Roman Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary that consists of salutations and a plea for her intercession

  2. 2 or less commonly Hail Mary pass :  a long forward pass in football thrown into or near the end zone in a last-ditch attempt to score as time runs out —often used figuratively The only potential cure is a stem-cell transplant, when you take somebody else's immune system and put it into yours. But right now that's kind of a Hail Mary pass. — Douglas Cote, quoted in Bicycling

Examples of hail mary in a Sentence

  1. He threw up a Hail Mary at the end of the first half.

Origin and Etymology of hail mary

translation of Medieval Latin Ave, Maria, from the opening words


First Known Use: 14th century


HAIL MARY Defined for English Language Learners

Hail Mary

noun

Definition of Hail Mary for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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