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breviary

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noun bre·via·ry \ˈbrē-və-rē, -vyə-, -vē-ˌer-ē, -ˌe-rē also ˈbre-\

Definition of breviary

plural

breviaries

  1. 1 often capitalized a :  a book of the prayers, hymns, psalms, and readings for the canonical hours b :  divine office

  2. 2 [Latin breviarium] :  a brief summary



Examples of breviary in a sentence

  1. <a speech that could serve as a breviary for impeachment>



Origin and Etymology of breviary

Middle English breviarie, from Medieval Latin breviarium, from Latin, summary, from brevis


First Known Use: 15th century


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