Rosary meaning

rōzə-rē
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Similar beads used by other religious groups.
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Any string of beads used in praying.
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A series of prayers, usually made up of five, fifteen, or twenty decades of Hail Marys, each decade beginning with Our Father and ending with a Glory Be to the Father, sometimes including other prayers used in Roman Catholicism, and the Anglican, Lutheran, and Old Catholic churches.
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A string of beads used to keep track of repetitions in praying or mantras, and particularly in counting the prayers said in a rosary, by members of various religions or denominations other than Roman Catholicism such as Hinduism or the Anglican Church.
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A series or collection, as of beautiful thoughts or of literary selections.
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A coin bearing the figure of a rose, fraudulently circulated in Ireland in the 13th century for a penny.
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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