Hail Mary

noun

Definition of Hail Mary

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

  2. 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

  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: 15th 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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