Simple Definition of compendium
: a collection of things (such as photographs, stories, facts, etc.) that have been gathered together and presented as a group especially in the form of a book
Examples of compendium
a one-volume compendium of information
He published a compendium of folk tales.
Origin of compendium
Medieval Latin, from Latin, saving, shortcut, from compendere to weigh together, from com- + pendere to weigh — more at pendant
First Known Use: 1589
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