noun, plural a·be·ce·da·ries.


Nearby words

  1. abe,
  2. abe lincoln in illinois,
  3. abeam,
  4. abecedarian,
  5. abecedarium,
  6. abed,
  7. abednego,
  8. abegging,
  9. abel,
  10. abel, i. w.

Origin of abecedary

1570–80; < Late Latin abecedārius (a + be + ce + d(e) + -ārius -ary)

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Word Origin and History for abecedary



"primer, alphabet table," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin 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.

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