Paternoster Definition

pātər-nŏstər, pä-, pătər-
noun
The Lord's Prayer, esp. in Latin.
Webster's New World
One of the large beads of a rosary on which the Lord's Prayer is said.
Webster's New World
A rosary.
Webster's New World
A sequence of words spoken as a prayer or a magic formula.
American Heritage
A weighted fishing line having several jointed attachments for hooks connected by beadlike swivels.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Paternoster

Noun

Singular:
paternoster
Plural:
paternosters

Origin of Paternoster

  • Middle English from Old English from Late Latin Latin pater father pater Latin noster our nes-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin pater (“father") noster (“our") (“our father"), the two first words of the Oratio Dominica (“the Lord's prayer").

    From Wiktionary

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