prayer

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia

Pronunciation[edit]

Communication with God, act of praying, etc
One who prays

Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Noun[edit]

prayer (plural prayers)

  1. A practice of communicating with one's God.
    Through prayer I ask for God's blessings.
  2. The act of praying.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      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.
    In many cultures, prayer involves singing.
  3. The specific words or methods used for praying.
    Christians recite the Lord's Prayer.
    For Baha'is theres a difference between obligatory and devotional prayer.
  4. A meeting held for the express purpose of praying.
    Grandpa never misses a chance to go to prayer.
  5. A request; a petition.
    This, your honor, is my prayer; that all here be set free.
Synonyms[edit]
Derived terms[edit]
Translations[edit]
The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

Etymology 2[edit]

pray + -er.

Noun[edit]

prayer (plural prayers)

  1. One who prays.
    Yep, Grandpa is a real prayer all right.
Translations[edit]