from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who teaches or studies the alphabet.
- n. One who is just learning; a beginner.
- adj. Having to do with the alphabet.
- adj. Being arranged alphabetically.
- adj. Elementary or rudimentary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A work which uses words or lines in alphabetical order.
- adj. Relating to or resembling an abecedarius.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a tyro.
- n. One engaged in teaching the alphabet.
- adj. Pertaining to, or formed by, the letters of the alphabet; alphabetic; hence, rudimentary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or formed by the letters of the alphabet.
- Pertaining to the learning of the alphabet, or to one engaged in learning it; hence, relating to the first steps in learning.
- Another form is abecedary.
- n. One who teaches or learns the letters of the alphabet.
- n. [capitalized] A follower of Nicolas Storch, an Anabaptist of Germany, in the sixteenth century.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a novice learning the rudiments of some subject
- n. a 16th century sect of Anabaptists centered in Germany who had an absolute disdain for human knowledge
- adj. alphabetically arranged (as for beginning readers)
Middle English, from Medieval Latin abecedārium, alphabet, from Late Latin abecedārius, alphabetical : from the names of the letters A B C D + -ārius, -ary.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)