American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical A book containing the hymns, offices, and prayers for the canonical hours.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abridgment; a compend; an epitome.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a book containing the daily offices which all who are in major orders are bound to read. It consists of prayers or offices to be used at the canonical hours, and is an abridgment of the services of the early church, which from their great length were exhausting. It is made up largely of the Psalms, passages of the Old and New Testaments and the fathers, hymns, anthems, etc., all in Latin, arranged for the various seasons and festivals of the church. A similar book, known as a portiforium or portass, was in use in England before the Reformation. The Order for Morning and Evening Prayer in the English Book of Common Prayer is mainly a translation and condensation from the breviary according to the use of Sarum. Besides the Roman breviary, which is in most common use, there are also others of various arrangement, either of certain religious orders or local, often of historical interest.
- n. A name given to similar compilations used in the Greek and Oriental churches.
- n. A book containing prayers, hymns, and so on for everyday use at the canonical hours.
- n. obsolete A brief statement or summary.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An abridgment; a compend; an epitome; a brief account or summary.
- n. A book containing the daily public or canonical prayers of the Roman Catholic or of the Greek Church for the seven canonical hours, namely, matins and lauds, the first, third, sixth, and ninth hours, vespers, and compline; -- distinguished from the
- n. (Roman Catholic Church) a book of prayers to be recited daily certain priests and members of religious orders
- From Latin breviārium ("summary") (compare abbreviation), ultimately from brevis ("short"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English breviarie, from Old French breviaire, from Medieval Latin breviārium, from Latin, summary, from brevis, short; see brief. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And this is the evening prayer of that, what we call the breviary, or the divine office.”
“The Roman Martyrology, like the breviary, is a liturgical book proper.”
“This said, over the years I have heard it said on a few occasions that the breviary is simply too time-consuming for non-clergy and non-religious to possibly take on.”
“Sirrah, page, bring me here my drawer (for so he called his breviary); stay a little here; haul, friend, thus.”
“Sirrah, page, bring me here my drawer (for so he called his breviary); stay”
“In the second instance, these matters bring us to an extension of our recent consideration of the importance of the breviary, which is the further consideration of the Martyrlogium Romanum or Roman Martyrology.”
“Both writers do not hesitate to admit that the breviary is the great source of the Church of England's”
“Thus, he says that the Sioux called his breviary a "bad spirit" -- _Ouackanché_.”
“Soon afterwards I was delighted to receive from him a quarto parchment "breviary," containing a dozen ballads, long and short, engrossed in his exquisitely fine handwriting, and illuminated with colored borders and drawings by the poet himself.”
“In the 1957 edition of the Ambrosian breviary printed by Daverio, this Matins alone occupies 43 pages.”
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