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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-bee-see-duh-ree]
    • /ˌeɪ biˈsi də ri/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-bee-see-duh-ree]
    • /ˌeɪ biˈsi də ri/

Definitions of abecedary word

  • abbreviation ABECEDARY abecedarian. 1
  • abbreviation ABECEDARY abecedarium. 1
  • abbreviation ABECEDARY abecedarian. 1
  • noun abecedary (rare) The alphabet, written out in a teaching book, or carved on a wall; a primer; abecedarium. (First attested from 1350 to 1470.). 1
  • noun abecedary One that teaches or learns the alphabet or the fundamentals of any subject; abecedarian. 0
  • adjective abecedary Referring to the alphabet; alphabetical; related to or resembling an abecedarius; abecedarian. 0

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Origin of abecedary

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
1570-80; < Late Latin abecedārius (a + be + ce + d(e) + -ārius -ary)

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Parts of speech for Abecedary


abecedary 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.
According to our data about 65% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abecedary usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abecedary

noun abecedary

  • lecturer — a person who lectures.
  • supervisor — a person who supervises workers or the work done by others; superintendent.
  • scholar — a learned or erudite person, especially one who has profound knowledge of a particular subject.
  • assistant — Assistant is used in front of titles or jobs to indicate a slightly lower rank. For example, an assistant director is one rank lower than a director in an organization.
  • professor — a teacher of the highest academic rank in a college or university, who has been awarded the title Professor in a particular branch of learning; a full professor: a professor of Spanish literature.

Antonyms for abecedary

noun abecedary

  • pupil — the expanding and contracting opening in the iris of the eye, through which light passes to the retina.
  • student — a person formally engaged in learning, especially one enrolled in a school or college; pupil: a student at Yale.

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