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

Examples of compendium in a Sentence

a one-volume compendium of information He published a compendium of folk tales.
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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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18 May 2022

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“Compendium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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