Definition of promptuary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒm(p)tjʊəri/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A handbook or notebook containing a summary or compilation of information.
Example sentences
  • The genealogy in the Promptuary, after all, stretches back to Adam.
  • Dr. Mill's view was to accumulate various readings as a promptuary to the judicious and critical reader.
  • The textual constraints built into this promptuary 'do not coerce anyone' - at least, not by themselves.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'storehouse'): from Latin promptuarium, from promptus 'brought to light' (see prompt).

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