[ bree-vee-er-ee, brev-ee- ]
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noun,plural bre·vi·ar·ies.
  1. Roman Catholic Church. a book containing all the daily psalms, hymns, prayers, lessons, etc., necessary for reciting the office.

  2. a book of daily prayers and readings in some other churches.

Origin of breviary

First recorded in 1540–50, breviary is from the Latin word breviārium an abridgment. See brevi-, -ary

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/ (ˈbriːvjərɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. 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

  2. a similar book in the Orthodox Church

Origin of breviary

C16: from Latin breviārium an abridged version, from breviāre to shorten, from brevis short

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