See also: ave, ave., 'ave, avé, avè, avë, Ave, and Ave.

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Etymology edit

Acronym of Alta Velocidad Española (literally Spanish high-speed), a word-play with ave (bird).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈabe/ [ˈa.β̞e]
  • Rhymes: -abe
  • Syllabification: A‧VE

Noun edit

AVE m (plural AVEs)

  1. (Spain) high-speed rail, high-speed train
    • 2021 March 31, “El AVE a La Meca reanuda su actividad comercial tras el parón por la pandemia”, in CincoDías[1]:
      El AVE a la Meca es el primer tren de alta velocidad que opera en un entorno desértico []
      The high-speed line to Mecca is the first to operate in a desert environment []

Usage notes edit

  • The term originally referred to Renfe's flagship high-speed train service. However, it is commonly used in Spain as a synonym for línea de alta velocidad or tren de alta velocidad (even when referring to high-speed rail in other countries).

Proper noun edit


  1. (trademark) a high-speed rail service in Spain operated by Renfe

Further reading edit