An example of a compendium is someone leaving a list of their pet's needs for a pet sitter.
Origin of compendiumL, a weighing together, abridgment ; from compendere, to weigh together ; from com-, together + pendere, to weigh
nounpl. com·pen·di·ums or com·pen·di·a
- A short but complete summary of something.
- A list or collection of various items.
Origin of compendiumLatin, a shortening, from compendere, to weigh together : com-, com- + pendere, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(plural compendiums or compendia)
From the Latin compendium (“that which is weighed together”; “a sparing”, “a saving”, “an abbreviation”), from com- (“with”) + pendō (“I weigh”).