Breviary meaning

brēvē-ĕrē, brĕvē-
Frequency:
A book containing the hymns, offices, and prayers for the canonical hours.
noun
0
0
A book containing the Psalms, readings, prayers, etc. of the Divine Office.
noun
0
0
A book containing prayers, hymns, and so on for everyday use at the canonical hours.
noun
0
0
Advertisement

Origin of breviary

  • Middle English breviarie from Old French breviaire from Medieval Latin breviārium from Latin summary from brevis short brief

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin breviārium (“summary”) (compare abbreviation), ultimately from brevis (“short”).

    From Wiktionary