prayer

1
[ prair ]
/ prɛər /

noun

Origin of prayer

1
1250–1300; Middle English preiere < Old French < Medieval Latin precāria, noun use of feminine of precārius obtained by entreaty, equivalent to prec- (stem of prex) prayer + -ārius -ary; cf. precarious

Related forms

prayer·less, adjectiveprayer·less·ly, adverbprayer·less·ness, noun

Can be confused

pray prayer prey

Definition for prayer (2 of 2)

prayer

2
[ prey-er ]
/ ˈpreɪ ər /

noun

a person who prays.

Origin of prayer

2
First recorded in 1400–50, prayer is from the late Middle English word preyare. See pray, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for prayer (1 of 2)

prayer

1
/ (prɛə) /

noun

Derived Forms

prayerless, adjective

Word Origin for prayer

C13 preiere, from Old French, from Medieval Latin precāria, from Latin precārius obtained by begging, from prex prayer

British Dictionary definitions for prayer (2 of 2)

prayer

2
/ (ˈpreɪə) /

noun

a person who prays
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