Definition of breviary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrēvēˌerē/ /ˈbrev-/

noun (plural breviaries)

A book containing the service for each day, to be recited by those in orders in the Roman Catholic Church.
Example sentences
  • The Sarum breviary was reissued and ordered to be used throughout the province of Canterbury.
  • I found him surrounded by scores, his breviary in his hand.
  • This breviary became the basis for the one most commonly used in Taiwan today.


Late Middle English (also denoting an abridged version of the psalms): from Latin breviarium 'summary, abridgment', from breviare 'abridge', from brevis 'short, brief'.

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