Monday, April 09, 2007
Definitions for abecedarian
- a person who is learning the letters of the alphabet.
- a beginner in any field of learning.
- of or pertaining to the alphabet.
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Citations for abecedarian
Instead, Hirsch breathes new life into the abecedarian by pointing out its relationship to prayer and how poets as varied as Gertrude Stein and Harryette Mullen have stretched — and been stretched by — the form.
Henry Barnard, commenting on the work of the abecedarian, in the early nineteenth century, says: "If a child be bright, the time which passes during this lesson is the only part of the day when he does not think. Not a single faculty of the mind is occupied except that of imitating sounds; and even the number of these imitations amounts to only twenty-six."
Origin of abecedarian
Abecedarian entered English in the early 1600s. It can be traced to the Latin abecedarium meaning "alphabet" or "primer."