vade mecum

[ vey-dee mee-kuh m, vah- ]
/ ˈveɪ di ˈmi kəm, ˈvɑ- /

noun, plural va·de me·cums.

something a person carries about for frequent or regular use.
a book for ready reference; manual; handbook.

Origin of vade mecum

First recorded in 1620–30, vade mecum is from the Latin word vāde mēcum literally, go with me Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for vade mecum

vade mecum
/ (ˈvɑːdɪ ˈmeɪkʊm) /


a handbook or other aid carried on the person for immediate use when needed

Word Origin for vade mecum

C17: from Latin, literally: go with me
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