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



BrE BrE//ˈbriːviəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbriːvieri//
(pl. breviaries)
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a book containing the words of the service for each day in the Roman Catholic church Word Originlate Middle English (also denoting an abridged version of the Psalms): from Latin breviarium ‘summary, abridgement’, from breviare ‘abridge’, from brevis ‘short, brief’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: breviary