A short but complete summary of something.
A summary or abstract containing the essential information in a brief form; concise but comprehensive treatise.
Webster's New World
A list or collection of various items.
The definition of a compendium is a short summary with all the necessary information.
An example of a compendium is someone leaving a list of their pet's needs for a pet sitter.
Other Word Forms of Compendium
Origin of Compendium
Latin a shortening from compendere to weigh together com- com- pendere to weigh (s)pen- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From the Latin compendium (“that which is weighed together”; “a sparing”, “a saving”, “an abbreviation”), from com- (“with”) + pendō (“I weigh”).
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