Rosary Definition

rōzə-rē
rosaries
noun
rosaries
A string of beads, consisting typically of one short set followed by a loop of five (sometimes fifteen) full sets of beads (there are one large bead and ten small beads in each full set), used to keep count as one prays: the Apostle's Creed is said at the beginning; at each large bead an Our Father; at each small one, a Hail Mary; at the end of each set, the lesser doxology.
Webster's New World
One of these sets of decades.
American Heritage
This group of prayers.
Webster's New World
A string of beads of 5 or 15 decades on which these prayers are counted.
American Heritage
Any string of beads used in praying.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Rosary

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Singular:
rosary
Plural:
rosaries

Origin of Rosary

  • Middle English rose garden from Medieval Latin rosārium rose garden, rosary from Latin rose garden from neuter of rosārius of roses from rosa rose

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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