PATERNOSTER

PRONUNCIATION: (PAY-tuhr NOS-tuhr, PAH-, PAT-)

MEANING: noun
1. A sequence of words used as a formula, a charm, etc.
2. A continuously moving endless elevator that goes in a loop.
3. The Lords Prayer; one of the certain larger beads in a rosary on which the Lords Prayer is said.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin pater noster (our father), opening words of the Lords Prayer in Latin. Earliest documented use: before 900.

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PASTERNOSTER - our local parish priest, who can't spell

PATTERN OSTER - how to assemble your new blender

PATEROOSTER - alpha male in the henhouse