prayer beads

plural noun
\ ˈprer- How to pronounce prayer beads (audio) \

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 While Budai is typically depicted wearing or holding prayer beads, the climbing hold’s necklace included an unusual addition: an eGrips logo. Joe Purtell, Outside Online, "Climbers Are Upset Over This Buddha Climbing Hold," 30 July 2019 Idlib markets are bursting with life, as men ride through the streets on old motorcycles, while others clutch their prayer beads in quiet corners. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Syrians in Idlib brace for chemical weapons attack, ground invasion by Assad forces," 10 Sep. 2018 Others called on the government to black out the scene where Chopra holds up sacred Hindu prayer beads as evidence that the plotter in the episode was an Indian nationalist. NBC News, "'Quantico' producers, star Priyanka Chopra apologize for episode portraying Indians as terrorists," 9 June 2018 Inside Hanuman’s two-story house, a picture of the white-bearded Jambheshwar, hands clasped on the handle of a cane draped with prayer beads, adorned a small shrine next to the living room. Shashank Bengali,, "This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won," 17 May 2018 At heart, these prayer beads are a mechanical device for counting off a set number of prayers, said John Kieschnick, religious studies department chair and a professor in Buddhist studies at Stanford University. Alene Dawson,, "How prayer beads can enhance your meditative lifestyle," 31 Mar. 2018 Users can buy wholesale halal food, electronic qur'ans, and even prayer beads. Eleanor Ross, Newsweek, "Muslim Startups in Asia Are Transforming the Way People Holiday, Bank and Travel," 3 Apr. 2017 There are black bike shorts, dirty Jansport packs topped with prayer beads, and a Black Flag cap that says America on it. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Step Into the House of Shayne: How Shayne Oliver Will Make Helmut Lang Cool Again," 11 Sep. 2017

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1630, in the meaning defined above

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