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 hoursb :  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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