What does breviary mean?

breviary meaning in General Dictionary

An abridgment a compend an epitome a quick account or summary

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  • (Roman Catholic Church) a novel of prayers is recited every day particular priests and members of spiritual instructions
  • An abridgment; a compend; an epitome; a brief account or summary.
  • a novel containing the everyday public or canonical prayers regarding the Roman Catholic or of the Greek Church for seven canonical hours, namely, matins and lauds, the initial, third, sixth, and ninth hours, vespers, and compline; -- distinguished from the missal.

breviary meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1540s, "brief statement;" feeling of "quick prayer-book used by Catholic priests" is from 1610s, from Latin breviarium "summary," noun usage of neuter of adjective breviarius "abridged," from breviare "to shorten, abbreviate," from brevis "quick" (see brief (adj.)).


breviary meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) An abridgment; a compend; an epitome; a short account or summary.

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  • (n.) A novel containing the day-to-day public or canonical prayers of Roman Catholic or of Greek Church the seven canonical hours, specifically, matins and lauds, the initial, third, sixth, and ninth hours, vespers, and compline; -- distinguished through the missal.

Sentence Examples with the word breviary

The Breviary itself is divided into four seasonal parts - winter, spring, summer, autumn - and comprises under each part (1) the Psalter; (2) Proprium de Tempore (the special office of the season); (3) Proprium Sanctorum (special offices of saints); (4) Commune Sanctorum (general offices for saints); (5) Extra Services.

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