vade mecum

[vey-dee mee-kuh m, vah-]

noun, plural va·de me·cums.

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

Nearby words

  1. vacuum-pack,
  2. vacuum-packed,
  3. vacuumize,
  4. vad,
  5. vade,
  6. vadodara,
  7. vadose,
  8. vadose zone,
  9. vadsö,
  10. vaduz

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vade mecum

vade mecum


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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Word Origin and History for vade mecum

vade mecum


"a manual," 1620s, Latin, literally "go with me."

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