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 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, "For Tibetan refugees, the India-China border rift is personal," 24 Sep. 2020 And in a now-famous photo taken in the White House Situation Room as U.S. Navy SEALs raided the compound of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, Biden’s hands can be seen tucked beneath the table, reportedly thumbing his prayer beads. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Joe Biden’s Catholic politics are complicated, but deeply American," 17 Aug. 2020 REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis Going to your place of worship includes gathering prayer beads, flowers, incense, prayer books—and now sanitisers and masks. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India’s religious places are tweaking age-old traditions for safety as the pandemic rages on," 10 June 2020 Some of her later abstract prints, as well as sculptures in the form of prayer beads, directly refer to it. New York Times, "Zarina Hashmi, Artist of a World in Search of Home, Dies at 82," 5 May 2020 This exhibition will feature not only artifacts, including a jump rope autographed by Muhammad Ali and prayer beads and prayer rugs, but also interviews with Muslim Chicagoans. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Fall preview: Andy Warhol and the first Botanic Garden holiday lights fest make for an exciting season at Chicago-area museums," 5 Sep. 2019 And others were hauling out the prayer beads over the future of a local quarterback. Bob Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, "People cared about the national championship game, but not people in Boston," 18 Jan. 2020 Her life narrowed to a dark room with a dirt-floor in rural Rwanda, prayer beads hanging on the wall by her side. BostonGlobe.com, "BUSHEKELI, Rwanda — It was something, the silence. Nothing but the scuff of her slip-on shoes as Madeleine Mukantagara walked through the fields to her first patient of the day. Piercing cries once echoed down the hill to the road below. What she carried in her bag had calmed them.," 26 Dec. 2019 Her life narrowed to a small, dark room with a dirt-floor in rural Rwanda, prayer beads hanging on the wall by her side. CBS News, "Rwanda makes its own morphine while U.S. awash with opioids," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of prayer beads

1630, in the meaning defined above

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“Prayer beads.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prayer%20beads. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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