noun, plural com·pen·di·ums, com·pen·di·a [kuhm-pen-dee-uh] /kəmˈpɛn di ə/.
Origin of compendium
Examples from the Web for compendia
How to Be Inappropriateby Daniel Nester A TMI compendia of inappropriate and humorous nonfiction.
There is a large number of small treatises and compendia of Florentine history of the guide-book description.
From the 1780s on, cups with brass syringes began to appear in compendia of instruments.
British Dictionary definitions for compendia
noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
Word Origin for compendium
Word Origin and History for compendia
1580s, from Latin compendium "a shortening, saving," literally "that which is weighed together," from compendere "to weigh together," from com- "together" (see com-) + pendere "to weigh" (see pendant). Borrowed earlier as compendi (mid-15c.).