rudiment

noun

ru·​di·​ment ˈrü-də-mənt How to pronounce rudiment (audio)
1
: a basic principle or element or a fundamental skill
usually used in plural
teaching themselves the rudiments of rational governmentG. B. Galanti
2
a
: something unformed or undeveloped : beginning
usually used in plural
the rudiments of a plan
b(1)
: a body part so deficient in size or structure as to be entirely unable to perform its normal function
(2)
: an organ just beginning to develop : anlage
rudimental adjective

Examples of rudiment in a Sentence

learned the rudiments of mathematics
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Word History

Etymology

Latin rudimentum beginning, from rudis raw, rude

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rudiment was in 1534

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Cite this Entry

“Rudiment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rudiment. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

rudiment

noun
ru·​di·​ment ˈrüd-ə-mənt How to pronounce rudiment (audio)
1
: a basic principle or skill
usually used in plural
the rudiments of grammar
2
a
: something unformed or undeveloped : beginning
usually used in plural
b
: a body part so underdeveloped in size or structure that it is unable to perform its normal function

Medical Definition

rudiment

noun
ru·​di·​ment ˈrüd-ə-mənt How to pronounce rudiment (audio)
: an incompletely developed organ or part
especially : an organ or part just beginning to develop : anlage

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