primer; the first principle or rudiment of anything.

(a.)
Pertaining to, or formed by, the letters of the alphabet; alphabetic; hence, rudimentary.

  • Hutchinson’s Dictionary of Difficult Words:

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.

  • online casinoBabylon free online dictionary (user-generated content):

Abecedary
(n.) study book that starts at the beginning of a subject, the abc’s of a subject

Abecedarium
An abecedarium (or abecedary) is an inscription consisting of the letters of the alphabet, almost always listed in order. Typically, abecedaria (or abecedaries) are practice exercises.

  • Collins English Dictionary, 6th edition (2003)

Abecedarian

(n.) 1. A person who is learning the alphabet or the rudiments of a subject.

(a.) 2. alphabetically arranged.

History: from Late Latin abecedarius, from the letters a, b, c, d.

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Word of the day: abecedary

Encountered: Words Without Borders newsletter, discussing a book by Bernardo Atxaga entitled ‘A Surprising Tale in the Form of an Alphabet’ (translated from Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa.

Word in context: “Bernardo Atxaga’s ‘s abecedary of war starts with a malevolent flower and ends with the ultimate solution”

Definitions:

  • Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913):

Abecedary

(n.)
A primer; the first principle or rudiment of anything.

(a.)
Pertaining to, or formed by, the letters of the alphabet; alphabetic; hence, rudimentary.

  • Hutchinson’s Dictionary of Difficult Words:

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.

  • online casinoBabylon free online dictionary (user-generated content):

Abecedary
(n.) study book that starts at the beginning of a subject, the abc’s of a subject

Abecedarium
An abecedarium (or abecedary) is an inscription consisting of the letters of the alphabet, almost always listed in order. Typically, abecedaria (or abecedaries) are practice exercises.

  • Collins English Dictionary, 6th edition (2003)

Abecedarian

(n.) 1. A person who is learning the alphabet or the rudiments of a subject.

(a.) 2. alphabetically arranged.

History: from Late Latin abecedarius, from the letters a, b, c, d.

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  1. neij

    April 03, 2009

    Bit worrying how the Wikipedia entry seems to be the closest to my understanding of the word…

  2. philippa

    April 03, 2009

    Yes, I found that surprising as well. Very interesting…

  3. Holly

    April 03, 2009

    I’ve read that Atxaga story in Spanish, thanks so much for the link to an English translation! I can’t wait to see how the translator rendered his voice in English. Very interesting! Thanks again!

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