noun \ˈrō-zə-rē, ˈrōz-rē\

: a string of beads that are used by Roman Catholics for counting prayers

the Rosary : a set of Roman Catholic prayers that are repeated in a specific order

plural ro·sa·ries

Full Definition of ROSARY

often capitalized :  a Roman Catholic devotion consisting of meditation on usually five sacred mysteries during recitation of five decades of Hail Marys of which each begins with an Our Father and ends with a Gloria Patri
:  a string of beads used in counting prayers especially of the Roman Catholic rosary

Origin of ROSARY

Medieval Latin rosarium, from Latin, rose garden, from neuter of rosarius of roses, from rosa rose
First Known Use: 1547


noun \ˈrōz-(ə-)rē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ro·sa·ries

Medical Definition of ROSARY


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Religious exercise in which prayers are recited and counted on a string of beads or knotted cord, which is also called a rosary. Many of these devices are highly ornamental and incorporate jewels. The practice of using a rosary or “counting beads” occurs widely in world religions, including Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. In Christianity, the most common rosary is that of the Virgin Mary. Its origin is uncertain, but it is associated with St. Dominic and reached its definitive form in the 15th century.


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