- a book containing formal prayers to be used in public or private religious devotions.
- (usually initial capital letters) Book of Common Prayer.
- Nautical. a small holystone.
Origin of prayer book
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for prayer book
She slipped it quickly, almost guiltily, into her prayer-book.Quaint Courtships
It was, in fact, a sort of English prayer-book, as well as bible.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
This gentleman was very attentive to the sermon, and likewise to his Prayer-book.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
He had read the service over her, out of her own prayer-book, without a break in his voice.End of the Tether
Whatever you may do for the future, Lady Stafford, don't lend me your prayer-book.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
- ecclesiast a book containing the prayers used at church services or recommended for private devotions
- Church of England (often capitals) another name for Book of Common Prayer
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