• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Beadroll (R. C. Ch) A catalogue of persons, for the rest of whose souls a certain number of prayers are to be said or counted off on the beads of a chaplet; hence, a catalogue in general. "On Fame's eternal beadroll worthy to be filed.""It is quite startling, on going over the beadroll of English worthies, to find how few are directly represented in the male line."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beadroll A list of prayers; specifically, before the Reformation, the list of the persons and objects for which prayers were said, read out by the preacher before the sermon. In “an order [of Henry VIII., a. d. 1534] taken for preaching and bidding of the beads, in all sermons to be made within this realm,” mention is made of the church catholic, especially in England, of the king and royal family, of the bishops and clergy, of the nobility and entire temporalty (laity) of the kingdom, particularly of such as the preacher's devotion may prompt him to name, and of the souls of the faithful departed. The bead-roll was prohibited by Edward VI. in 1548. It has often been supposed by later writers to have had something to do with the recital of the beads or rosary.
    • n beadroll Figuratively, any list or catalogue; a long series.
    • n beadroll A rosary.
    • n beadroll In bookbinding, a brass roll with the edge cut in dots or beads, used in gilding.
    • n beadroll Also called bead-row.
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “What are your historical Facts; still more your biographical? Wilt thou know a man by stringing-together beadrolls of what thou namest Facts?”


In literature:

On Fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wilt thou know a Man, above all a Mankind, by stringing-together beadrolls of what thou namest Facts?
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
In our beadroll of the world's greatest writers I shall mention only one more, Goethe.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
This roster of forty "Mesdames" was thereafter accepted as the authorized beadroll of the Carthage Four Hundred.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes