compendium

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noun com·pen·di·um \kəm-ˈpen-dē-əm\

Definition of compendium

plural

compendiums

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compendia

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  1. 1 :  a brief summary of a larger work or of a field of knowledge :  abstract a one-volume compendium of the multivolume original

  2. 2a :  a list of a number of itemsb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of compendium

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


First Known Use: 1589


COMPENDIUM Defined for English Language Learners

compendium

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noun com·pen·di·um \kəm-ˈpen-dē-əm\

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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