abecedary

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, abecedary, from Medieval Latin abecedarium (alphabet, primer), from Late Latin abecedarius (of the alphabet), formed from the first four letters of the Latin alphabet + -arius.

The sense "primer, abecearium" is from Medieval Latin abecedarium (alphabet, primer).[1]

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Noun[edit]

abecedary (plural abecedaries)

  1. (rare) The alphabet, written out in a teaching book, or carved on a wall; a primer; abecedarium. [First attested from 1350 to 1470.][1]
  2. One that teaches or learns the alphabet or the fundamentals of any subject; abecedarian. [Late 16th century.][1]

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Adjective[edit]

abecedary (not comparable)

  1. Referring to the alphabet; alphabetical; related to or resembling an abecedarius; abecedarian. [First attested from 1350 to 1470.][1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 3