noun, plural bre·vi·ar·ies.
Origin of breviary
Related Words for breviaryrecap, rundown, contraction, run-through, compendium, sketch, condensation, outline, abstract, brief, conspectus, capsule, epitome, review, abridgment, reduction, summary, synopsis, curtailment, decrease
Examples from the Web for breviary
Historical Examples of 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
noun plural -ries
Word Origin 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.)).