- The definition of abecedarian is arranged in alphabetical order or formed by letters of the alphabet.
An example of abecedarian is an acrostic poem where the first letters of each line spell out a word.
- Abecedarian is defined as a beginner or someone just learning a subject or the alphabet.
An example of an abecedarian is a young child taking piano lessons for the first time.
- a person learning the alphabet; beginning student
- any beginner or novice
Origin of abecedarianMedieval Latin abecedarius ; from A, B, C, D
- of the alphabet
- One who teaches or studies the alphabet.
- A beginner; a novice.
- Having to do with the alphabet.
- Being arranged alphabetically.
- Elementary or rudimentary.
Origin of abecedarianMiddle English, from Medieval Latin abecedarium, alphabet, from Late Latin abecedarius, alphabetical, from the names of the letters A B C D.
- Someone who is learning the alphabet. [Early 17th century.]
- An elementary student, a novice; one in the early steps of learning. [Early 17th century.]
- (archaic) Someone engaged in teaching the alphabet; an elementary teacher; one that teaches the methods and principles of learning. [Early 17th century.]
- (rhetoric) A work which uses words or lines in alphabetical order.
(comparative more abecedarian, superlative most abecedarian)
- (historical) A member of a 16th-century Anabaptist sect, follower of the Zwickau prophets (specially of Thomas Storch), who believed that any kind of knowledge (even basic reading and writing) would keep one from reaching obtaining salvation. [from 19th c.]
abecedary + -an