noun, plural bre·vi·ar·ies.
Examples from the Web for breviary
Of these the three first are included in the Roman breviary.
And he laid ashes on his head, and repeated, 'I am your breviary!The Great Book-Collectors|Charles Isaac Elton and Mary Augusta Elton
A priest was more likely to strike back with a sentence out of the breviary.The Surprises of Life|Georges Clemenceau
The Abbot resists with all his might, and is about to throw his breviary at his adversary.The Dance of Death|Francis Douce
The Breviary of Paris has been subjected to revisions in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries.Hymns of the Early Church|John Brownlie
British Dictionary definitions for breviary
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for breviary
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.)).