Definition of promptuary in English:

Share this entry

promptuary

Pronunciation: /ˈprɒm(p)tjʊəri/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

rare
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.

Origin

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

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.