• WordNet 3.6
    • n rosary a string of beads used in counting prayers (especially by Catholics)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rosary A bed of roses, or place where roses grow. "Thick rosaries of scented thorn."
    • Rosary A chapelet; a garland; a series or collection, as of beautiful thoughts or of literary selections. "Every day propound to yourself a rosary or chaplet of good works to present to God at night."
    • Rosary A coin bearing the figure of a rose, fraudulently circulated in Ireland in the 13th century for a penny.
    • Rosary (R.C.Ch) 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. "His idolized book, and the whole rosary of his prayers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rosary A rose-garden.
    • n rosary A rose-bush.
    • n rosary A garland of roses; any garland; a chaplet.
    • n rosary Hence, an anthology; a book culled from various authors, like a garland of flowers: formerly often given as a title to works of such a character.
    • n rosary A string of beads carried about the person, either for mere pastime, as to occupy the fingers, or for reckoning, especially in numbering the prayers offered up at fixed times of the day. Mohammedans carry rosaries with them for both these purposes, wearing them in the girdle or carrying them in the hand at all hours of the day.
    • n rosary Specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church: A series of devotions consisting of a specified number of aves (that is, salutations to the Virgin Mary), of paternosters (that is, repetitions of the Lord's Prayer), and of glorias (or doxologies).
    • n rosary A string of beads of various sizes representing the same number of aves, paternosters, and glorias respectively, used for marking off these prayers. Each bead receives the name of the prayer it represents. The rosary is divided into decads of aves, each decad being preceded by a paternoster and followed by a gloria. The ordinary rosary, sometimes called the Dominican rosary, consists of fifteen decads—that is, of one hundred and fifty aves (corresponding to the number of psalms in the Psalter), fifteen paternosters, and fifteen glorias. In this rosary each decad is devoted to the contemplation of a mystery of the life of Christ, the first five being joyful mysteries (such as the annunciation and the nativity), the second five being the sorrowful mysteries (such as the passion), the third five being the glorious mysteries (such as the resurrection and ascension). This regular use of the rosary of one hundred and fifty aves was first instituted by St. Dominic (1170-1221), although the devotional use of beads, etc., was already familiar. The term rosary also applies to a similar instrument of devotion in use among the Greeks, Armenians, and other Eastern communions. See chaplet, 5.
    • n rosary A string of eggs of a batrachian wound about the body or limbs, as of the nurse-frog or obstetrical toad, Alytes obstetricans. See cut under Alytes. E. D. Cope.
    • n rosary A counterfeit coin of base metal, illegally introduced into England in the reign of Edward I. It probably bore a general resemblance to the silver penny or sterling current at the time, and may have derived its name from having a rose or rosette as part of its reverse type.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rosary rō′za-ri 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. rosarium, a string of beads, L. rosarium, a place planted with roses, rosa, a rose: cf. F. rosaire,. See Rose
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rosarie—Low L. rosarium—L. rosa, a rose.


In literature:

So I am going to leave off, and say the rosary instead.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
When any new gossip is born, they fly around the streets like the beads of a rosary when the string is snapped.
"Letters of a Dakota Divorcee" by Jane Burr
Wear a rope girdle and a rosary instead of a handsome sword with a silver hilt at your side!
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY has received ten thousand Rosaries from Belgium.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 2, February 1886" by Various
Manacles, whips, rosaries, and candles completed the decoration.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
And those who noticed said she took her rosary there and said her beads.
"Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
The Novena to the Virgin of the Rosary begins with an enumeration of the Fifteen Promises of the Virgin to the devotees of the Rosary.
"The Legacy of Ignorantism" by T.H. Pardo de Tavera
I have not quite finished my rosary.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
He finally pulls out of his pocket a rosary.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Elizabeth Robins
The friar's belt of rosary beads rattled as he walked.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

It soothed the gray old mother's pain,
A-swaying while she told
Her rosary o’er and o'er again
For griefs that rent her heart in twain-
So new, and ah, so old!
"The Church upon the Hill" by John O Brien
And now she kiss'd her Holly-beads,
And now she cross'd her breast;
The night-dew fell from ev'ry tree—
It fell upon her rosary,
Like tears of Heav'n twice bless'd!
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
She kiss'd it once, she kiss'd it twice;
It seem'd to freeze her breast;
The cold show'rs fell from ev'ry tree,
They fell upon her rosary
Like nature's tears, "twice blest!"
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
A rosary of stars, love! a prayer as we glide,
And a whisper in the wind, and a murmur on the tide!
And we'll say a fair adieu to the flowers that are seen,
With shells of silver sown in radiancy between.
"The Death-Wake, Or Lunacy - Chimera II" by Thomas Stoddart
As Jean de Breboeuf told his rosary
At sundown in his cell, there came a call!--
Clear as a bell rung on a ship at sea,
Breaking the beauty of tranquillity--
Down from the heart of Heaven it seemed to fall:
"Jean De Breboeuf" by Virna Sheard
The curious crowd soon melt away;
But evening dusk and morning grey
Behold one constant votary there:
Does she come for praise? does she stay for prayer?
Alas! she joins not the choral strain,
And the rosary hangs by her side in vain.
"The Painter Of Florence" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Rosary Hall's plea for more county funding: Whatever happened to.
We can pray the Rosary personally, in our family, and with our community of believers.
Rosary of the Hours iPhone app.
A spiritual son of Father Peyton carries on his service to the Rosary .
A sixteen year old student in Loveland, Colorado can't understand why school officials keep taking away his rosary beads.
LITTLE ROCK, AR – More than 1,000 people attended a rosary service at Saint Edward's Church for Patricia Guardado.
Staff photo/Angela Weaver Alex Mielke, a Holy Rosary Festival volunteer, sets up a tent for the festival, which kicks off Friday.
Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Route 26 in Maine, NY hosted its 35th annual Oktoberfest celebration this past weekend.
The Living Rosary is a beautiful tribute to the Mother of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Roughly 200 Gather for Opelousas Teens' Rosary .
Pictured is Father Patrick Peyton at a ' Rosary Rally' in the Philippines.
Photo courtesy of Family Rosary Crusade Foundation, Inc. Rosary Priest' remembered during Family Rosary 's 70th Anniversary.
Michigan residents pray for peace at rosary rally.
As our hot summer eases into autumn, our family has enjoyed yet another season of magical evenings at the Holy Rosary Feast – La Festa Italiana – under the gaze of our 6th Street Harsimus Embankment.
Chapel of the Rosary .