prayer beads

[ prair ]
/ prɛər /

plural noun

a rosary.

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Origin of prayer beads

First recorded in 1620–30
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Example sentences from the Web for prayer beads

  • Baptiste, prayer-beads in hand, knelt by his son's side, saying prayers for the dying.

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  • He sidled close to Abdulla, and brushed with a delicate touch the hand that hung down listlessly, holding the prayer-beads.

British Dictionary definitions for prayer beads

prayer beads
/ (prɛə) /

pl n

RC Church the beads of the rosary
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