from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Roman Catholic Church A recitation of prayers and devotions for a special purpose during nine consecutive days.
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- n. A recitation of prayers and devotions for nine consecutive days, especially one to a saint to ask for their intercession
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a devotion consisting of prayers said during nine consecutive days, for the purpose of obtaining, through the intercession of the Virgin or of the particular saint to whom the prayers are addressed, some special blessing or mercy. Also called by the French name neuvaine.
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- n. a Roman Catholic devotion consisting of prayers on nine consecutive days
Medieval Latin novēna, from feminine of Latin novēnus, nine each, from novem, nine; see newn̥ in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)