- something a person carries about for frequent or regular use.
- a book for ready reference; manual; handbook.
Origin of vade mecum
Related Words for vade mecumessay, album, novel, publication, dictionary, pamphlet, text, work, manual, textbook, fiction, volume, edition, magazine, booklet, brochure, writing, copy, tome, paperback
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Historical Examples of vade mecum
The bow at that time was his vade-mecum; he never left it home.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow
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
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)
Charles Alexander, the publisher of the Vade-Mecum, issued this magazine also.
Not a rambling, hap-hazard collection but a vade-mecum for youth from the ages of six or seven to sixteen or seventeen.Christ Legends
- a handbook or other aid carried on the person for immediate use when needed
Word Origin for vade mecum
"a manual," 1620s, Latin, literally "go with me."