Definition of rosary
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
Recent Examples of rosary from the Web
A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. July 9, with a funeral held the following day at 11 a.m. Both services will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2612 W. State St. in Boise.
The longtime Gittings Avenue resident, who later moved to Seminary Springs in Lutherville, was a devout Roman Catholic who made thousands of rosaries over the years, family members said, which were distributed worldwide by Holy Cross Ministries.
Kate Hennessy strings together a rosary of memories for her grandmother Dorothy Day (Scribner).
Spicer, a practicing Catholic, had purchased rosaries for friends and family, hoping for a papal blessing.
Washington (CNN)It was a small moment, buried in the news of President Trump's brief audience yesterday at the Vatican with the Pope: the pontiff blessed first lady Melania Trump's rosary.
The pope distributed small white boxes, containing rosaries, to each member of the delegation, handing them out personally from a tray carried by a trailing aide.
Rosary's Claire Hengesbaugh placed fourth in the 1,600 with a 5:13.10 and Sandwich's Kayla Schiera ended up fifth in 5:14.08.
Aurora Central Catholic, 4:06.06; 2. Rosary, 4:07.39.
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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
First Known Use: 1547See Words from the same year
ROSARY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of rosary for Students
: a string of beads used in counting prayers
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