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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 (such as the alphabet)

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Examples of abecedarian in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of abecedarian

abecedary “alphabet book, primer” (going back to Middle English abscedary, borrowed from Medieval Latin abecedārium “alphabet, primer,” derived from neuter of Late Latin abecedārius “alphabetical,” from the names of the letters a + b + c + d + Latin -ārius 2-ary) + 1-an


First Known Use: 1603


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abecedarian

adjective abe·ce·dar·i·an

Definition of abecedarian

  1. 1a :  of or relating to the alphabetb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of abecedarian

abecedary “alphabet book, primer” + 2-an — more at 1abecedarian


First Known Use: 1732



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