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

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Recent Examples on the Web The design of the original paternoster is certainly dramatic, if crudely so. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "Covid-19 is a problem for elevators. Is the paternoster lift the solution?," 18 June 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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