prayer beads

plural noun
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Definition of prayer beads

: a string of beads by which prayers are counted specifically : rosary

Examples of prayer beads in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, of course, there’s the usual smack talk among Rams and Bengals fans about who loves their team most, who bleeds the most blue or orange, who clutches the most prayer beads or requires the most CPR compressions on game days. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, 7 Feb. 2022 The two men share a meal together; Samir, nervous, worries at a ring of prayer beads. Julian Joslin, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2021 Lying on the sand under a tree, fiddling with his prayer beads, the aging village sheikh sprang to his feet, shouting at his son to chase the police. New York Times, 25 Oct. 2021 The printout is partially obscured by a string of prayer beads hanging off the fence. Ron Kampeas,, 1 July 2021 Family members of the victims sat in the courtroom, and as the first video was pulled up, McNamara’s wife pulled out tissues and Winters’s sister clutched a string of prayer beads. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 With prayer beads in one hand and an ax in the other, a monk hunts down a millennia-old spirit that’s possessing humans and unleashing hell on Earth. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 27 June 2021 The shy man came to see the imam, who rolled out his prayer rug, closed his eyes, and let his prayer beads slip through his fingers while reciting a verse. Isabelle De Pommereau, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Mar. 2021 Wearing trousers and a T-shirt, prayer beads hanging from her neck, Ms. Tsomo whispers Buddhist prayers for peace for her brother’s soul, sometimes shuffling her beads. Fahad Shah, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of prayer beads

1630, in the meaning defined above

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“Prayer beads.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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