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)
: a brief summary of a larger work or of a field of knowledge : abstract
a one-volume compendium of the multivolume original
: a list of a number of items
: 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of compendium was in 1589

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“Compendium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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