[ ey-bee-see-dair-ee-uh n ]
/ ˌeɪ bi siˈdɛər i ən /


a person who is learning the letters of the alphabet.
a beginner in any field of learning.


of or relating to the alphabet.
arranged in alphabetical order.
rudimentary; elementary; primary.


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Also abecedary.

Origin of abecedarian

From the Medieval Latin word abecedāriānus, dating back to 1595–1605. See abecedary, -an
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British Dictionary definitions for abecedarian

/ (ˌeɪbiːsiːˈdɛərɪən) /


a person who is learning the alphabet or the rudiments of a subject


alphabetically arranged

Word Origin for abecedarian

C17: from Late Latin abecedarius, from the letters a, b, c, d
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