noun \kəm-ˈpen-dē-əm\

: 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

plural com·pen·di·ums or -dia \-dē-ə\

Full Definition of COMPENDIUM

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


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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