Meaning of breviary in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbriːvɪəri/

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nounplural noun breviaries

  • A book containing the service for each day, to be recited by those in orders in the Roman Catholic Church.

    ‘The Sarum breviary was reissued and ordered to be used throughout the province of Canterbury.’
    • ‘I found him surrounded by scores, his breviary in his hand.’
    • ‘This breviary became the basis for the one most commonly used in Taiwan today.’
    • ‘He was a small man who collected bones and breviaries.’
    • ‘She was not kneeling there, breviary in hand in silent devotion.’


Late Middle English (also denoting an abridged version of the Psalms): from Latin breviarium ‘summary, abridgement’, from breviare ‘abridge’, from brevis ‘short, brief’.