paternoster

noun
pa·ter·nos·ter | \ˌpä-tər-ˈnä-stər, ˈpa-tər-ˌnä-stər;ˈpä-ˌter-ˈnä-stər, -ˈnä-ˌster \

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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