plural -es
obsolete : storehouse, repository
: a book of ready reference

Word History


Late Latin promptuarium storehouse, from Latin, neuter of promptuarius serving for distribution, from promptus act of taking out (in the phrase in promptu visible, at hand) (from promptus, past participle of promere to take out) + -arius -ary

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“Promptuary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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