compendium

noun com·pen·di·um \ kəm-ˈpen-dē-əm \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of compendium

plural compendiums or compendia play \kəm-ˈpen-dē-ə\
1 : a brief summary of a larger work or of a field of knowledge : abstract
  • a one-volume compendium of the multivolume original
2 a : a list of a number of items
b : collection, compilation
  • a compendium of folk tales

Examples of compendium in a Sentence

  1. a one-volume compendium of information

  2. He published a compendium of folk tales.

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Origin and Etymology of compendium

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


COMPENDIUM Defined for English Language Learners

compendium

noun

Definition of compendium for English Language Learners

  • : 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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