Definition of vade mecum in English:

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vade mecum

Pronunciation: /ˌvɑːdi ˈmeɪkəm/
/ˌveɪdi ˈmeɪkəm/ /ˌvɑːdi ˈmiːkəm/ /ˌveɪdi ˈmiːkəm/


A handbook or guide that is kept constantly at hand for consultation: his book is an excellent vade mecum for writers
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  • Every generation of young Christians needs a vade mecum to guide them through their times.
  • Legal Lynching is a convenient vade mecum on the death penalty, descriptive as well as critical.
  • This is a very impressive publication that should become a vade mecum to all those interested in Scottish history.
informal bible


Early 17th century: modern Latin, literally 'go with me'.

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