compendium

noun
com·​pen·​di·​um | \ kəm-ˈpen-dē-əm How to pronounce compendium (audio) \
plural compendiums or compendia\ kəm-​ˈpen-​dē-​ə How to pronounce compendia (audio) \

Definition of compendium

1 : a brief summary of a larger work or of a field of knowledge : abstract a one-volume compendium of the multivolume original
2a : a list of a number of items
b : collection, compilation a compendium of folk tales

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Examples of compendium in a Sentence

a one-volume compendium of information He published a compendium of folk tales.

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Medieval bestiaries were books that served as compendiums of creatures both fantastic and real. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Jasmine Little etches the history of art into contemporary ceramics," 18 July 2019 But a byzantine compendium of evidence must be offered up to Guinness before the record keeper will confirm the feat. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "Inside the mysterious sport of ‘country collecting’," 11 June 2019 The assessment is contained in the sixth Global Environmental Outlook, a 708-page compendium of the planet’s ailments that was released at a U.N. environmental conference here this week. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "U.N.: Environmental threats are jeopardizing human health," 13 Mar. 2019 The focal point, though, is the cocktail compendium: 27 classic (or classic-adjacent) tipples that are expertly crafted and served in just-the-right glasses. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: Prohibition-era Arvada Tavern is all about the (really great) drinks," 26 June 2019 The New Testament is a first- and second-century CE compendium of writings from an originally Jewish, but later predominantly Gentile, sect in the eastern Mediterranean—one that evolved into one of the most successful faiths in the world. John Barton, Time, "Judaism and Christianity Both Rely on the Hebrew Bible. Why Do They Interpret It So Differently?," 14 June 2019 This spring, her final cookbook, Happiness Is Baking—a compendium of her most beloved recipes pulled together by Maida’s niece and caretaker, Connie Heatter—came out from Little, Brown. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "The Long and Happy Life of Maida Heatter," 7 June 2019 The estate is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, that 11th Century compendium of all English holdings. Bruce Schoenfeld, WSJ, "English Wine Discovers Its New Sparkle," 5 Dec. 2018 Eat at the Bar: Recipes Inspired by Travels in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Beyond (Hardie Grant) The team behind Bar Lourinhã in Melbourne presents Eat at the Bar, a compendium of recipes gathered by chef Matt McConnell from all over the world. Marley Marius, Vogue, "11 Cookbooks for Every Foodie on Your List," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of compendium

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compendium

Medieval Latin, from Latin, saving, shortcut, from compendere to weigh together, from com- + pendere to weigh — more at pendant

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compendium

noun

English Language Learners 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

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