What does rosary mean?

Definitions for rosary
ˈroʊ zə rirosary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rosary, prayer beads(noun)

    a string of beads used in counting prayers (especially by Catholics)


  1. rosary(Noun)

    A series of Roman Catholic prayers, usually made up of five, fifteen, or twenty decades of Hail Marys, each decade beginning with Our Father and ending with a Gloria Be to the Father. Other prayers are also incorporated into the rosary.

  2. rosary(Noun)

    A string of beads used in counting the prayers said in a rosary

  3. rosary(Noun)

    A string of beads used in praying by members of some religions or denominations other than Roman Catholicism such as the Anglican Church

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rosary(noun)

    a bed of roses, or place where roses grow

    Etymology: [LL. rosarium a string of beads, L. rosarium a place planted with roses, rosa a rose: cf. F. rosaire. See Rose.]

  2. Rosary(noun)

    a series of prayers (see Note below) arranged to be recited in order, on beads; also, a string of beads by which the prayers are counted

    Etymology: [LL. rosarium a string of beads, L. rosarium a place planted with roses, rosa a rose: cf. F. rosaire. See Rose.]

  3. Rosary(noun)

    a chapelet; a garland; a series or collection, as of beautiful thoughts or of literary selections

    Etymology: [LL. rosarium a string of beads, L. rosarium a place planted with roses, rosa a rose: cf. F. rosaire. See Rose.]

  4. Rosary(noun)

    a coin bearing the figure of a rose, fraudulently circulated in Ireland in the 13th century for a penny

    Etymology: [LL. rosarium a string of beads, L. rosarium a place planted with roses, rosa a rose: cf. F. rosaire. See Rose.]


  1. Rosary

    The rosary is a Roman Catholic sacramental and Marian devotion to prayer and the commemoration of Jesus and events of his life. The term "Rosary" is used to describe both a sequence of prayers and a string of prayer beads used to count the prayers. The word is sometimes written with an initial capital in a Catholic context. Throughout centuries, the rosary has been promoted by several popes as part of the veneration of Mary. The rosary also represents the Roman Catholic emphasis on "participation in the life of Mary, whose focus was Christ," and the Mariological theme "to Christ through Mary," taught by Saint Louis de Montfort. The sequence of prayers is the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary ten times, and the Glory Be to the Father, sometimes followed by the Fatima Prayer. Each sequence is known as a decade. Five decades are prayed, after beginning with the Apostle's Creed and five initial prayers. The praying of each decade is accompanied by meditation on one of the Mysteries of the Rosary, which recall the life of Jesus. The traditional fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary were standardized based on the long-standing custom by Pope Pius V in the 16th century. The mysteries are grouped into three sets: the Joyful mysteries, the Sorrowful mysteries, and the Glorious mysteries. In 2002 Pope John Paul II announced a set of five new optional mysteries called the Luminous mysteries, bringing the total number of mysteries to twenty.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rosary

    rō′za-ri, n. the string of beads by which Roman Catholics count their prayers: a series of devotions, aves, paternosters, and glorias: a rose-garden: a chaplet: an anthology.—Festival of the Rosary, a festival on the first Sunday in October, commemorating the victory over the Turks at Lepanto in 1571. [O. Fr. rosarie—Low L. rosarium—L. rosa, a rose.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Rosary

    a string of beads used by Hindus, Buddhists, Mohammedans, and Roman Catholics as an aid to the memory during devotional exercises; the rosary of the Roman Catholics consists of beads of two sizes, the larger ones mark the number of Paternosters and the smaller the number of Ave Marias repeated; of the former there are usually five, of the latter fifty.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Rosary

    A string of beads, and also the prayers said in connection therewith, so called because the Virgin appeared in a vision to St Dominic, who instituted this Catholic devotion, holding out to him a garland of red and white roses. The ancient rosaries, or “pater-nosters” as they were called, bore an impression of a rose on each bead.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rosary in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rosary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of rosary in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    I give them out to kids. Slow, steady progress -- that's what that means, i have a bunch of turtles. I got the little baby Jesus, I got my rosary beads and I got three turtles.

  2. Tom Kiefer:

    I cannot understand why anyone would want to voluntarily give up an item like a rosary, Bible or photo of their child, or for that matter an extra pair of shoes, pants, shirt or jacket, these are pictures of how people and their personal belongings are treated. If someone wants to judge the ethics and morality of all this, it is up to them to decide what is right and what is wrong and, if they choose to do so, to act upon those feelings.

  3. Omar Khayyam:

    Pagodas are, like mosques, true houses of prayer; ?Tis prayer that church bells waft upon the air; Kaaba and temple, rosary and cross, All are but divers tongues of world-wide prayer.

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