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prayer book

[prair] /prɛər/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He could not read English any more than he could speak it, so the prayer book cannot have been much use to him.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • Let's shift—you take the prayer book and I'll take the old fob!

  • He heard the words which a clergyman in a white surplice was reading out of the prayer book.

    Where the Path Breaks Charles de Crspigny
  • Jest your clothes and no more, and your Bible and prayer book.

  • Paul Carhart and Tiffany followed, the chief with a prayer book in his hand; and after them came the men.

    The Road Builders Samuel Merwin
  • Jamie felt it so; and he had the prayer book's authority therefor.

    Pirate Gold Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • He had taken a prayer book from his knapsack, and was trying to read a service for soldiers wounded in battle.

  • The sight of her prayer book might turn the old priest against her.

  • They had much better jump over a broomstick like Gypsies and not desecrate our prayer book in such a manner.

British Dictionary definitions for prayer book

prayer book

(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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