ro·​sa·​ry | \ ˈrō-zə-rē How to pronounce rosary (audio) , 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

Examples of rosary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside the car’s dark interior, a reddish-brown rosary with the image of a teenage boy hangs from the rear-view mirror. New York Times, 31 July 2022 Visitation will begin on Tuesday, May 31, at 3 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. at the mortuary. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 26 May 2022 Besides the rosary, thieves also lifted a set of coronation cups given by Mary to the then-earl marshal, a member of the Howard family. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2021 Summerhays admitted to being surprised that a rosary in San Francisco would be dragged into an international conflict. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Mar. 2022 The procession, organized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, started at the corner of Washington and 8th streets and ended with an outdoor mass and the praying of the rosary in front of the Basilica. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 4 Dec. 2021 Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Dec 12 at Mission Park Funeral Chapel, 3401 Cherry Ridge, with a rosary at 7 p.m. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Dec. 2021 An open casket at the other end of the room held Justin, who wore a black suit and a black bow tie, a rosary draped over his folded hands. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 10 Dec. 2021 One of Riff’s tattoos also was inspired by that photo, at Faist’s suggestion, as was the rosary the character wears around his neck. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rosary

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rosary

Middle English, "rose garden, rosebush," borrowed from Medieval Latin rosārium "rose garden, rosebush, book of devotions," going back to Latin, "rose bed, rose garden," from rosa rose entry 2 + -ārium -ary entry 1

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“Rosary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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ro·​sa·​ry | \ ˈrō-zə-rē How to pronounce rosary (audio) \
plural rosaries

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