noun, plural va·de me·cums.
Origin of vade mecum
Examples from the Web for vade mecum
This is a metaphor, borrowed partly from the grazier's vocabulary, and partly from the arithmetician's vade-mecum.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
The bow at that time was his vade-mecum; he never left it home.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow|Saxton Pope
The passage in The Rhetorician's Vade-mecum is the chief authority for their style.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4|Lucian of Samosata
This excellent handbook will prove a perfect Vade-mecum to those engaged in the practical work of Mining and Metallurgy.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
It was her vade-mecum—good against rain, or sun, or mad bulls, or troublesome dogs.Mount Royal, Volume 1 of 3|Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Word Origin for vade mecum
"a manual," 1620s, Latin, literally "go with me."