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: an expression of greeting or of leave-taking : hail, farewell
often capitalized : ave maria


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Examples of ave in a Sentence

Noun after a final ave, we turned our backs on the Tuscan village that had been our home for a year
Recent Examples on the Web
The sirens [zip] up and down the aves as regularly as subway trains, all hours, per calamity’s timetable. Walton Muyumba, BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2023 Actually, the company has been in operation two weeks in a workshop at 627 Eighth ave., where approximately 20 girls — white and Negro—work side by side on power machines producing pilot, bomb and flare parachutes for the prime contractor, Standard Parachute Corp. of San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2022 National Geographic offers a 360-degree tour of the world's largest ave, situated in Quảng Bình Province, Vietnam. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 2 Nov. 2020 Similar sentiments were echoed by Mrs. charlotte Christie, of 832 Tenth ave. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022

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Word History



Middle English, from Latin, hail

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ave was in the 13th century

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“Ave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ave. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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