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noun, plural rosaries.
Roman Catholic Church.

a series of prayers, usually consisting of 15 decades of aves, each decade being preceded by a paternoster and followed by a Gloria Patri, one of the mysteries or events in the life of Christ or the Virgin Mary being recalled at each decade.
a string of beads used for counting these prayers during their recitation.
a similar string of beads consisting of five decades.

(among other religious bodies) a string of beads similarly used in praying.
a rose garden or a bed of roses.
noun (pl) -saries
(RC Church)

a series of prayers counted on a string of beads, usually consisting of five or 15 decades of Aves, each decade beginning with a Paternoster and ending with a Gloria
a string of 55 or 165 beads used to count these prayers as they are recited

(in other religions) a similar string of beads used in praying
a bed or garden of roses
an archaic word for garland (sense 1)

rosary ro·sa·ry (rō’zə-rē)
An arrangement or structure that is beadlike in appearance.

rosary definition

A set of prayers common in the Roman Catholic Church, said during meditation on events in the lives of Jesus and of Mary, the mother of Jesus. A rosary is also the string of beads that the worshiper uses to count the prayers.


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