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prayer book

[prair] /prɛər/
a book containing formal prayers to be used in public or private religious devotions.
(usually initial capital letters) Book of Common Prayer.
Nautical. a small holystone.
Origin of prayer book
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had read the service over her, out of her own prayer-book, without a break in his voice.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • "Let me see what sort of a prayer-book it is you have," said my mother.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • General Littlepage preceded the corpse, carrying a prayer-book.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • I allays like to carry a prayer-book weth me, 'tes oncommon lucky.

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • He could not even find a petition in his prayer-book suited to that occasion.

    Ethelyn's Mistake Mary Jane Holmes
  • Let us see what the prayer-book says of those who are in Paradise.

    The Worship of the Church Jacob A. Regester
  • One of the soldiers has a prayer-book on him, so we decide to read the Church of England service.

    With our Fighting Men William E. Sellers
  • Jane can tell you about them; she can lend you a prayer-book, anyway.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • How could you read the newspaper or your prayer-book, or sew on the buttons?

    Terry Rosa Mulholland
  • What ails that fellow down in the scuppers with a prayer-book?

British Dictionary definitions for prayer-book

prayer book

(ecclesiast) a book containing the prayers used at church services or recommended for private devotions
(Church of England) (often capitals) another name for Book of Common Prayer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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