Definition of rudiments noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈruːdɪmənts//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːdɪmənts//
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[plural] the rudiments (of something) (formal) the most basic or essential facts of a particular subject, skill, etc. synonym basics You’ll only have time to learn the rudiments of windsurfing in a week. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, or from Latin rudimentum, from rudis ‘unwrought’, on the pattern of elementum ‘element’.
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