Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A catalogue of people whose souls are to be be prayed for.
  • n. A catalogue of names; a pedigree, a long respected series.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. Figuratively, any list or catalogue; a long series.
  • n. A rosary.
  • n. In bookbinding, a brass roll with the edge cut in dots or beads, used in gilding.
  • n. Also called bead-row.

Etymologies

From bead +‎ roll. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Charles Chattey” stood foremost on this black beadroll, and when this name was shouted by the stentorian lungs of one of the scourgers, a little duck-legged Londoner stood forth.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • "On fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled."

    The Spirit of 1906

  • More and more reluctantly Mr O'Connell will tell off the few lingering counters on his beadroll: but at length comes the last; after which he is left absolutely without resources for keeping the agitation alive, or producing any effect whatever.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843

  • 'On Fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled' are stable in our affections as is the sun in the firmament.

    The Book-Hunter at Home

  • In our beadroll of the world's greatest writers I shall mention only one more, Goethe.

    The Booklover and His Books

  • Awr beadroll geanes, awr chrisom clethes de laytle mend awr fare

    A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 6

  • Thereupon he began to reckon up a beadroll of faults against the

    The History of Thomas Ellwood Written By Himself

  • Thereupon he began to reckon up a beadroll of faults against the Quakers, telling me they were a rude, unmannerly people, that would not give civil respect or honour to their superiors, no not to magistrates; that they held many dangerous principles; that they were an immodest shameless people; and that one of them stripped himself stark naked, and went in that unseemly manner about the streets, at fairs and on market days, in great towns.

    The History of Thomas Ellwood Written by Himself

  • On Fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled. "

    Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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