paternoster

noun
pa·​ter·​nos·​ter | \ ˌpä-tər-ˈnä-stər How to pronounce paternoster (audio) , ˈpa-tər-ˌnä-stər; ˈpä-ˌter-ˈnä-stər, -ˈnä-ˌster How to pronounce paternoster (audio) \

Definition of paternoster

1 often capitalized : lord's prayer
2 : a word formula repeated as a prayer or magical charm

First Known Use of paternoster

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paternoster

Middle English, from Old English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin pater noster our father, from the opening words

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“Paternoster.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paternoster. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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