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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-bee-see-dair-ee-uh n]
    • /ˌeɪ bi siˈdɛər i ən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-bee-see-dair-ee-uh n]
    • /ˌeɪ bi siˈdɛər i ən/

Definitions of abecedarian word

  • noun abecedarian a person who is learning the alphabet or the rudiments of a subject 3
  • adjective abecedarian alphabetically arranged 3
  • noun abecedarian a person learning the alphabet; beginning student 3
  • noun abecedarian any beginner or novice 3
  • adjective abecedarian of the alphabet 3
  • adjective abecedarian elementary 3

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Origin of abecedarian

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
From the Medieval Latin word abecedāriānus, dating back to 1595-1605. See abecedary, -an

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Parts of speech for Abecedarian


abecedarian popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abecedarian

noun abecedarian

  • tenderfoot — a raw, inexperienced person; novice.
  • novice — a person who is new to the circumstances, work, etc., in which he or she is placed; beginner; tyro: a novice in politics.
  • learner — a person who is learning; student; pupil; apprentice; trainee.
  • neophyte — a beginner or novice: He's a neophyte at chess.
  • fledgling — a young bird just fledged.

adjective abecedarian

  • larval — of, relating to, or in the form of a larva.
  • vestigial — of, relating to, or of the nature of a vestige: a vestigial tail.
  • foundational — the basis or groundwork of anything: the moral foundation of both society and religion.
  • complex — Something that is complex has many different parts, and is therefore often difficult to understand.
  • rudimentary — pertaining to rudiments or first principles; elementary: a rudimentary knowledge of geometry.

Antonyms for abecedarian

noun abecedarian

  • professional — following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain: a professional builder.

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