rosary

noun ro·sa·ry \ ˈrō-zə-rē , ˈrōz-rē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of rosary

plural rosaries
1 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
2 : a string of beads used in counting prayers especially of the Roman Catholic rosary

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Origin and Etymology of rosary

Medieval Latin rosarium, from Latin, rose garden, from neuter of rosarius of roses, from rosa rose



ROSARY Defined for English Language Learners

rosary

noun

Definition of rosary for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ROSARY Defined for Kids

rosary

noun ro·sa·ry \ ˈrō-zə-rē \

Definition of rosary for Students

plural rosaries
: a string of beads used in counting prayers

Medical Dictionary

rosary

noun ro·sa·ry \ ˈrōz-(ə-)rē \

medical Definition of rosary

plural rosaries


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