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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kuh m-pen-dee-uh m]
    • /kəmˈpɛn di əm/
    • /kəmˈpen.di.əm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kuh m-pen-dee-uh m]
    • /kəmˈpɛn di əm/

Definitions of compendium word

  • countable noun compendium A compendium is a short but detailed collection of information, usually in a book. 3
  • noun compendium a book containing a collection of useful hints 3
  • noun compendium a selection, esp of different games or other objects in one container 3
  • noun compendium a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work 3
  • noun compendium a summary or abstract containing the essential information in a brief form; concise but comprehensive treatise 3
  • noun plural compendium a brief treatment or account of a subject, especially an extensive subject; concise treatise: a compendium of medicine. 1

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Origin of compendium

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
1575-85; < Latin: gain, saving, shortcut, abridgment, equivalent to com- com- + pend- (stem of pendere to cause to hang down, weigh) + -ium -ium

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Parts of speech for Compendium


compendium popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for compendium

noun compendium

  • sketch — a simply or hastily executed drawing or painting, especially a preliminary one, giving the essential features without the details.
  • abstract — An abstract idea or way of thinking is based on general ideas rather than on real things and events.
  • manual — done, operated, worked, etc., by the hand or hands rather than by an electrical or electronic device: a manual gearshift.
  • brief — Something that is brief lasts for only a short time.
  • summary — a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of previously stated facts or statements.

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