Definition of rosary in English:


Syllabification: ro·sa·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈrōzərē

noun (plural rosaries)

  • 1(In the Roman Catholic Church) a form of devotion in which five (or fifteen) decades of Hail Marys are repeated, each decade preceded by an Our Father and followed by a Glory Be: the congregation said the rosary
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    • Isabella felt so blessed by God that she offered two novenas, three rosaries and gave more donations to the order she was part of.
    • Feasts of the village patron saint are celebrated, the rosary said every evening and funeral rites arranged and paid for when necessary.
    • The mission began each morning with a Mass at five o'clock, followed by a second at nine-thirty and rosary in the evenings at seven with instruction.
  • 1.1A string of beads for keeping count in a rosary or in the devotions of some other religions.
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    • One man was holding a long string of rosary beads in his trembling hands.
    • She had her rosary beads, and was praying to St. Catherine.
    • Her head was bowed, lips moving silently as she clutched her rosary beads.
  • 1.2A book containing a rosary.
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    • There are shops and stalls where you can buy rosaries, beads, postcards, books and fluffy toys.
    • Their mailbox is packed daily with letters from well-wishers containing prayer cards, medals and rosaries.


late Middle English (in the sense 'rose garden'): from Latin rosarium 'rose garden', based on rosa 'rose'.

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