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compendium

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noun com·pen·di·um \kəm-ˈpen-dē-əm\

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

Full Definition of compendium

plural com·pen·di·ums or -dia \-dē-ə\

  1. 1 :  a brief summary of a larger work or of a field of knowledge :  abstract

  2. 2 a :  a list of a number of items b :  collection, compilation

Examples of compendium

  1. a one-volume compendium of information

  2. 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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