Meaning of vade mecum in English:

vade mecum

Pronunciation /ˌvɑːdi ˈmeɪkəm/ /ˌveɪdi ˈmeɪkəm/ /ˌvɑːdi ˈmiːkəm/ /ˌveɪdi ˈmiːkəm/

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  • A handbook or guide that is kept constantly at hand for consultation.

    ‘his book is an excellent vade mecum for writers’
    • ‘Every generation of young Christians needs a vade mecum to guide them through their times.’
    • ‘Legal Lynching is a convenient vade mecum on the death penalty, descriptive as well as critical.’
    • ‘This is a very impressive publication that should become a vade mecum to all those interested in Scottish history.’
    • ‘No actor should step on a set without having digested this vital vade mecum.’
    • ‘It was the type of vade mecum that I wish someone had given me my junior year of high school.’
    handbook, companion, manual, guide, guidebook, reference book, instruction book, ABC, primer
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Early 17th century modern Latin, literally ‘go with me’.