Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1(in the Roman Catholic Church) a form of devotion in which five (or fifteen) decades of Hail Marys are repeated, each decade preceded by an Our Father and followed by a Glory Be.
- ‘The old ladies were praying a rosary in the back of the bus.’
- ‘Isabella felt so blessed by God that she offered two novenas, three rosaries and gave more donations to the order she was part of.’
- ‘They took communion; they recited the rosary (an increasingly popular devotion in this period); and they made their confessions, usually to a priest or a friar.’
- ‘After the walk, she says the rosary, sometimes all 150 Hail Marys.’
- ‘The mission began each morning with a Mass at five o'clock, followed by a second at nine-thirty and rosary in the evenings at seven with instruction.’
- ‘After a relative's funeral, families and their friends pray the rosary for nine evenings, offering refreshments after each night's prayers.’
- ‘It had been a day or two since I had sat in a dimmed church, all alone, to say the rosary.’
- ‘I'm not one of those church-going kids who prays the rosary every night.’
- ‘She found an empty place in a pew in the back of the church and after she genuflected, knelt and began her rosary.’
- ‘Nevertheless about 10 per cent of the early convicts were Catholics, and a network formed among emancipists to pray the rosary and maintain other devotional practices.’
- ‘Instead of saying the rosary, I kept saying her name as I paced my office wishing that I smoked (it was fine in the end).’
- ‘Occasionally he would pray the rosary during the week.’
- ‘Claudette couldn't concentrate on the epistle or the gospel, couldn't settle down to the rosary.’
- ‘He holds a degree from Northwestern University, speaks four languages fluently and as ‘a good Catholic boy’ he prayed the rosary after Mass every Sunday.’
- ‘After each vision I would find the nearest church, seek sanctuary, kneel, and pray the rosary.’
- ‘Feasts of the village patron saint are celebrated, the rosary said every evening and funeral rites arranged and paid for when necessary.’
- ‘Do the Catholics make you say the rosary before lunch?’
- 1.1 A string of beads for keeping count in a rosary or in the devotions of some other religions, in Roman Catholic use 55 or 165 in number.‘she is telling her rosary’as modifier ‘rosary beads’
strand, rope, necklace, chapletView synonyms
- ‘She went to Mass when she could get a ride; she ran her fingers over her plastic rosary, saying Hail Marys with each bead.’
- ‘For the final touch, she'd added a rosary made of black glass and pewter, finishing off the look she was going for perfectly.’
- ‘According to chronicler William of Malmesbury, her dying act was characteristically pious: as a final gift to the Priory, she ordered hung about the neck of a statue of the Virgin Mary her personal rosary of precious stones.’
- ‘She lifted the rosary that hung at her belt and gently kissed it.’
- ‘Her head was bowed, lips moving silently as she clutched her rosary beads.’
- ‘Taking a deep breath of his own, Patrick looked over at his mother as she slowly rocked back and forth, counting the beads of her rosary.’
- ‘The cousin put away his rosary and put on a confessional grin to admit, correctly in our eyes, that ‘Well, I guess it helps to have a Lutheran in the stands every now and then.’’
- ‘Some delay to ensure every petal on their rose, each side of their prayer card and every bead of their rosary makes contact.’
- ‘I'll look for the rosary Mama gave me on my birthday.’
- ‘On the cot a seventy four-year lady is sitting with her rosary beads and chanting softly.’
- ‘With her free hand in her pocket, clutching her rosary, she steeled herself against the crowd and followed Sean into the gym.’
- ‘She had her rosary beads, and was praying to St. Catherine.’
- ‘So we can use things like crosses, holy water, bibles, rosaries, and even something as small as a speck of holy ashes.’
- ‘People I've never met before have sent me novena cards and rosary beads, and two or three people apologised to me and wished me support.’
- ‘I stroked the beads of the rosary, and the glitter of the tiny crucifix caught my eye.’
- ‘One man was holding a long string of rosary beads in his trembling hands.’
- ‘He sighed deeply and I could hear him shift his fingers through the beads of his rosary.’
- ‘I put on my wedding band and I grabbed my rosary, and I went upstairs.’
- ‘He made the sign of the cross and grabbed his rosary.’
- ‘It still has the red-beaded rosary I left on top of it when I came to visit.’
- 1.2 A book containing a rosary.
- ‘Their mailbox is packed daily with letters from well-wishers containing prayer cards, medals and rosaries.’
- ‘There are shops and stalls where you can buy rosaries, beads, postcards, books and fluffy toys.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘rose garden’): from Latin rosarium ‘rose garden’, based on rosa ‘rose’.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.