[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. abdullah ii,
  2. abdurrahman khan,
  3. abe,
  4. abe lincoln in illinois,
  5. abeam,
  6. abecedarium,
  7. abecedary,
  8. abed,
  9. abednego,
  10. abegging

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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