prayer beads


plural noun

a rosary.

Origin of prayer beads

First recorded in 1620–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prayer beads

Historical Examples of prayer beads

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

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

    A Lover in Homespun

    F. Clifford Smith

British Dictionary definitions for prayer beads

prayer beads

pl n

RC Church the beads of the rosary
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