: a small piece of solid material with a hole through it by which it can be strung on a thread
: a small round drop of liquid <a bead of sweat>
Word History of BEAD
In medieval English the word bede, from which our word bead descends, meant “a prayer.” Then, as now, people sometimes used strings of little balls to keep track of their prayers. Each little ball stood for a prayer. In time the word that meant “prayer” came to be used for the little balls themselves. Now any small object that can be strung on a string is called a bead.
Definition of BEAD for Kids
: to decorate or cover with beads <a beaded dress><His face was beaded with sweat.>