Abecedary A`be*ce"da*ry, n. A primer; the first principle or rudiment of anything. [R.] --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

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  • abecedary — (n.) primer, alphabet table, mid 15c., from M.L. abecedarium an ABC book, neuter of adjective abecedarius, used as a noun, from the first four letters of the Latin alphabet. Abecedarian (adj.) is attested from 1660s …   Etymology dictionary

  • Abecedary — Abecedarian A be*ce*da ri*an, Abecedary A be*ce da*ry, a. Pertaining to, or formed by, the letters of the alphabet; alphabetic; hence, rudimentary. [1913 Webster] {Abecedarian psalms}, {hymns}, etc., compositions in which (like the 119th psalm in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abecedary — /ay bee see deuh ree/, n., pl. abecedaries, adj. n. 1. abecedarian. 2. abecedarium. adj. 3. abecedarian. [1570 80; < LL abecedarius (a + be + ce + d(e) + arius ARY)] * * * …   Universalium

  • abecedary — noun a) The alphabet, written out in a teaching book, or carved on a wall b) A primer; the first principle or rudiment of anything …   Wiktionary

  • Abecedary — Содержащая алфавит книга; Букварь, азбука …   Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

  • abecedary — Synonyms and related words: abecedarium, alphabet book, and arithmetic, battledore, casebook, elementary education, elements, exercise book, first steps, gradus, grammar, hornbook, initiation, introduction, manual, manual of instruction, primer,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • abecedary — eɪbɪːsɪːdeÉ™rɪ n. study book that starts at the beginning of a subject, the abc s of a subject …   English contemporary dictionary

  • abecedary — abe·ce·da·ry …   English syllables

  • abecedary — /eɪbiˈsidəri/ (say aybee seeduhree) noun (plural abecedaries) → abecedarian (def. 3). {Middle English, from Medieval Latin abecedārium an alphabet or primer} …   Australian English dictionary

  • abecedary —   n. book arranged in alphabetical order; elementary text book.    ♦ abecedarian, n. member of 16th century German Anabaptist sect who refused to learn to read. a. alphabetically arranged …   Dictionary of difficult words

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