From Middle English preiere, from Anglo-Norman preiere, from Old French priere, proiere, from Medieval Latin or Late Latin precāria, feminine of Latin precārius (“obtained by entreaty”), from precor (“beg, entreat”). Displaced native Old English ġebed.
- (UK) IPA(key): /pɹɛə(ɹ)/
- (US) enPR: prâr, prāʹər, IPA(key): /pɹɛɚ/, /ˈpɹeɪəɹ/, /ˈpɹɛɹ/
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- Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ), -eɪə(ɹ), -ɛɹ
prayer (countable and uncountable, plural prayers)
- (uncountable) A practice of communicating with one's God, or with some spiritual entity.
- Through prayer I ask for God's guidance.
- In many cultures, prayer involves singing.
- (countable) An act of praying.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, […] , down the nave to the western door. […] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.
- 2020 December, Dave Barry, "Year in review":
- In that spirit, we’ll close with the wish we always offer at the end of our annual review, although this time it’s more of a prayer: Happy new year.
- The specific words or methods used for praying.
- Christians recite the Lord's Prayer.
- For Baha'is there's a difference between obligatory and devotional prayer.
- A meeting held for the express purpose of praying.
- Grandpa never misses a chance to go to prayer.
- (countable) A request; a petition.
- This, your honor, is my prayer; that all here be set free.
- (in the singular, mostly in negative constructions) The remotest hope or chance.
- That team doesn't have a prayer of winning the championship.
practice of communicating with one's God
the act of praying
the specific words or methods used for praying
a meeting held for the express purpose of praying
a request; a petition
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prayer (plural prayers)
- One who prays.
- 1974, Shel Silverstein, “Invitation”, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Harper Collins Publishers:
- 2012, Paul O'Connor, Islam in Hong Kong: Muslims and Everyday Life in China's World City
- Out of the 37 respondents, seven are infrequent prayers who prefer to leave the precise details of their prayer life ambiguous.
one who prays