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A plaque bearing the Latin text of the Lord's prayer or paternoster in the Church of the Pater Noster on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The church is said to stand on the site where Jesus taught the prayer.
A paternoster elevator in Frankfurt, Germany


From Latin Pater noster ‎(our father) (the first two words of the Oratio Dominica ‎(the Lord's prayer)), from pater ‎(father) + noster ‎(our).



paternoster ‎(plural paternosters)

  1. (Christianity) The Lord's prayer, especially in a Roman Catholic context.
    Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  2. A slow, continuously moving lift or elevator consisting of a loop of open-fronted cabins running the height of a building, the arrangement resembling a rosary. The moving compartment is entered at one level and left when the desired level is reached.
  3. (architecture) A bead-like ornament in mouldings.
  4. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (fishing, Australia) A tackle rig with a heavy sinker at the end of the line, and one or more hooks on traces at right angles spaced above the sinker.
  5. (archaic) A string of beads used in counting prayers that are said; a rosary.
  6. (archaic) A patent medicine, so named because salesmen would pray the Lord's prayer over it before selling it.
  7. (archaic) A medieval artisan who crafted rosary beads or prayer nuts.

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paternoster ‎(third-person singular simple present paternosters, present participle paternostering, simple past and past participle paternostered)

  1. (fishing, transitive) To try to catch (fish, etc.) with a paternoster rig.