Definition of paternoster
1(in the Roman Catholic Church) the Lord’s Prayer, especially in Latin. any of a number of special beads occurring at regular intervals in a rosary, indicating that the Lord’s Prayer is to be recited. 2 (also paternoster lift) a lift consisting of a series of linked compartments moving continuously on an endless belt. 3 (also paternoster line) a fishing line to which hooks or weights are attached at intervals.