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abecedarian

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noun abe·ce·dar·i·an \ˌā-bē-(ˌ)sē-ˈder-ē-ən\

Definition of abecedarian

  1. :  one learning the rudiments of something (as the alphabet)



Examples of abecedarian in a sentence

  1. <abecedarians soon learn that martial arts have a spiritual as well as physical side>



Origin of abecedarian

Middle English abecedary, from Medieval Latin abecedarium alphabet, from Late Latin, neuter of abecedarius of the alphabet, from the letters a + b + c + d


First Known Use: 1603


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abecedarian

adjective abe·ce·dar·i·an

Definition of abecedarian

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to the alphabet b :  alphabetically arranged

  2. 2 :  rudimentary



Examples of abecedarian in a sentence

  1. <an abecedarian approach to historical study>



Did You Know?

The history of abecedarian is as simple as ABC-literally. The term's Late Latin ancestor, abecedarius (which meant "of the alphabet"), was created as a combination of the letters A, B, C, and D, plus the adjective suffix -arius; you can hear the echo of that origin in the pronunciation of the English term (think "ABC-darian"). In its oldest documented English uses in the early 1600s, abecedarian was a noun meaning "one learning the rudiments of something"; it specifically referred to someone who was learning the alphabet. The adjective began appearing in English texts around 1665.

1665

First Known Use of abecedarian

1665


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