- Roman Catholic Church. a book containing all the daily psalms, hymns, prayers, lessons, etc., necessary for reciting the office.
- a book of daily prayers and readings in some other churches.
Origin of breviary
Related Wordsrecap, rundown, contraction, run-through, compendium, sketch, condensation, outline, abstract, brief, conspectus, capsule, epitome, review, abridgment, breviary, reduction, summary, synopsis, curtailment
Examples from the Web for breviary
Perhaps you think an old priest has no eyes for anything but his breviary, eh?The Woman Thou Gavest Me
They could have conquered them only by the bible; they fought them only with the breviary.Fox's Book of Martyrs
It was the Breviary which Hurrell had had with him at Barbadoes.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
On his arrival, he found the Pre Longuemare in the garret reading his breviary.The Gods are Athirst
Do they become disgusted with the Missal and Breviary by this daily familiarity?Popular Education
- RC Church a book of psalms, hymns, prayers, etc, to be recited daily by clerics in major orders and certain members of religious orders as part of the divine office
- a similar book in the Orthodox Church
Word Origin and History for breviary
1540s, "brief statement;" sense of "short prayer book used by Catholic priests" is from 1610s, from Latin breviarium "summary," noun use of neuter of adjective breviarius "abridged," from breviare "to shorten, abbreviate," from brevis "short" (see brief (adj.)).