Definition of compendium in English:


Line breaks: com|pen¦dium
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpɛndɪəm

noun (plural compendiums or compendia /-dɪə/)

  • 1A collection of concise but detailed information about a particular subject, especially in a book or other publication: an invaluable compendium of useful information about language
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    • The Skeptic's Dictionary is a compendium of detailed information about oft-repeated hoaxes, legends and quackery.
    • This book is a compendium of information on plants that are, or could be, useful to humans.
    • Overall, I found the book to be an impressive compendium of useful information and resources.
    collection, compilation, anthology, treasury, digest; summary, synopsis, precis, résumé, outline, summarization, round-up, summing-up; companion, handbook, manual; Latin vade mecum
  • 1.1A collection or set of similar items: a compendium of tools
  • 1.2A package of stationery for writing letters.


late 16th century: from Latin, 'profit, saving' (literally 'what is weighed together'), from compendere, from com- 'together' + pendere 'weigh'.

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