ro·sa·ry | \ ˈrō-zə-rē , ˈrōz-rē \
plural rosaries

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

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Resting on steel supports and accompanied by recordings of people reciting the Catholic rosary in German, French and English are car engines from Porsche, Citroen and Lincoln, which are running. New York Times, "This Artist Foresaw Our Digital Future in a Meadow of Dandelions," 21 June 2018 Matteo Salvini holds a rosary on stage during the traditional League party rally in Pontida, northern Italy, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Washington Post, "Italy’s Salvini: EU election to be referendum on migration," 1 July 2018 In the past, officers from Prince George’s police gang unit came to the school to teach employees to recognize indicators of MS-13 affiliation, like hand signs, light blue clothing, colored rosaries and Nike Cortez shoes. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "‘A ticking time bomb’: MS-13 threatens a middle school, warn teachers, parents, students," 11 June 2018 Outside, members of the farmworker union prayed the rosary. USA TODAY, "A movement for 'America's promise'," 21 May 2018 XIV Karats made custom anklets out of diamonds, pearls, and rosaries, which were layered together. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "The Making of a Met Gala Icon: Stylist Mel Ottenberg Breaks Down Rihanna’s Best Looks," 9 May 2018 Carrillo presents her in an ecstatic swoon - pen in one hand, rosary in the other - her arched body bent to God's will. Victoria Dalkey, sacbee, "Crocker showcases diversity of Eduardo Carrillo's work, from realism to myth and fantasy," 6 July 2018 This dad was also the one who made the kids pray the rosary daily. Mark Curnutte,, "He was Daddy: How his eldest daughter remembers Bobby Kennedy," 14 June 2018 Jacob Zappa stood at the corner of 9th and Highland at 7 p.m. fingering his plastic rosary and praying for Trinity Church. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fire engulfs historic Milwaukee church, sending black smoke billowing over downtown," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of rosary

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rosary

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

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English Language Learners Definition of rosary

: 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


ro·sa·ry | \ ˈrō-zə-rē \
plural rosaries

Kids Definition of rosary

: a string of beads used in counting prayers


ro·sa·ry | \ ˈrōz-(ə-)rē \
plural rosaries

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