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prayer book

[prair]
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noun
  1. a book containing formal prayers to be used in public or private religious devotions.
  2. (usually initial capital letters) Book of Common Prayer.
  3. Nautical. a small holystone.

Origin of prayer book

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for prayer book

Historical Examples

  • She slipped it quickly, almost guiltily, into her prayer-book.

    Quaint Courtships

    Various

  • 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

    Joseph Conrad

  • Whatever you may do for the future, Lady Stafford, don't lend me your prayer-book.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton


British Dictionary definitions for prayer book

prayer book

noun
  1. ecclesiast a book containing the prayers used at church services or recommended for private devotions
  2. Church of England (often capitals) another name for Book of Common Prayer
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