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 In them are artifacts from the veterans’ subsequent imprisonment in Cuban prisons, like rosaries and cigarettes, and an old CIA radio like the one Rodriguez had with him at a safe house in Havana during the invasion. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Bay of Pigs Museum awaits Trump christening," 24 May 2020 From a cardboard box, Butler chose a scapular and a rosary and put them in a plastic bag for a nurse to take to the patient’s bedside. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, "The Plight of a Hospital Chaplain," 14 Apr. 2020 Comparing the sequence of events later, it was determined that the day of Esquivel’s services, May 1, was the same day of DeLeon’s rosary. Sara Cline,, "Family of San Antonio mystery woman identify body as that of the mother they thought had been cremated," 6 May 2020 Salvini said in his attic office at the Senate in which 78 rosaries given to him by supporters have been nailed to a wooden beam. John Follain,, "Salvini Demands $11 Billion Aid for Italians Hit by Coronavirus Lockdown," 5 May 2020 Now, more than ever, Susan Lucero recites the rosary. Helen Wieffering, Austin Fast And Agya K. Aning, azcentral, "For people of all faiths, church goes on, online or in solitude," 29 Mar. 2020 But even those younger, more smartphone-friendly sisters were puzzled by the Vatican’s newest effort to engage people: a rosary that can be paired with a smartphone to track everything from prayers offered to steps taken. NBC News, "The Catholic rosary got a digital upgrade — but it's a mixed blessing," 31 Dec. 2019 Both men, like much of the audience, could be seen doubling over in laughter at some of the play’s comic high points, including a scene where a recitation of the rosary is interrupted by a spectacularly messy bit of bodily stage business. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "A Play About God and Trump, From a Writer Raised on the Right," 13 Oct. 2019 The list of concerns has become a kind of Wall Street rosary: China’s slowing economy, the impact of the US-China trade fight, Brexit, the direction of interest rates, the durability of corporate earnings., "That sound you hear is the US economy sputtering. Or the air coming out of the stock market. Actually, it’s both.," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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28 May 2020

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“Rosary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rosary

: a string of beads that are used by Roman Catholics for counting prayers
: a set of Roman Catholic prayers that are repeated in a specific order


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

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: a string of beads used in counting prayers


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

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