prayer meeting


: a usually informal gathering for worship and prayer
especially : a Protestant worship service usually held on a week night

called also prayer service

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web More than two dozen women, gathering for a weekly prayer meeting that predated the outbreak, sang Christian hymns in a hospital ward. John Eligon,, 22 Jan. 2023 More than two dozen women, gathering for a weekly prayer meeting that predated the outbreak, sang Christian hymns in a hospital ward. John Eligon Joao Silva, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2023 The shooting, carried out as students gathered for a prayer meeting before school, ended when Carneal put down his weapon and the principal walked him to the school office. Landon Mion, Fox News, 21 Sep. 2022 When 14-year-old Michael Carneal opened fire on his fellow students during a morning prayer meeting in 1997, school shootings were not yet a part of the national consciousness. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2022 Carneal killed three Heath High School students and injured five others in the shooting near Paducah, Kentucky, in December 1997 during a before-school prayer meeting. Landon Mion, Fox News, 18 Sep. 2022 On March 1, three days after Russian troops took control, a few hundred people gathered in a central square for a prayer meeting. James Marson, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 Toward the end of the online prayer meeting in September, Monster lamented the enormous amount of misinformation online. Rob Kuznia, CNN, 9 Dec. 2021 The event, billed as a rally and prayer meeting, is scheduled to coincide with a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting at the nearby Marriott Baltimore Waterfront on Nov. 16. Emily Opilo,, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prayer meeting was in 1721

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Cite this Entry

“Prayer meeting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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