Definition of breviary in English:


Syllabification: bre·vi·ar·y
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.
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    • 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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