from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who teaches or studies the alphabet.
- n. One who is just learning; a beginner.
- adj. Having to do with the alphabet.
- adj. Being arranged alphabetically.
- adj. Elementary or rudimentary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A work which uses words or lines in alphabetical order.
- adj. Relating to or resembling an abecedarius.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, or formed by, the letters of the alphabet; alphabetic; hence, rudimentary.
- n. One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a tyro.
- n. One engaged in teaching the alphabet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or formed by the letters of the alphabet.
- Pertaining to the learning of the alphabet, or to one engaged in learning it; hence, relating to the first steps in learning.
- Another form is abecedary.
- n. One who teaches or learns the letters of the alphabet.
- n. [capitalized] A follower of Nicolas Storch, an Anabaptist of Germany, in the sixteenth century.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a novice learning the rudiments of some subject
- n. a 16th century sect of Anabaptists centered in Germany who had an absolute disdain for human knowledge
- adj. alphabetically arranged (as for beginning readers)
In a wider sense the name acrostic is applied to alphabetical or "abecedarian" poems.
Graphic designer Paul Thurlby brings a distressed retro-modern sensibility to capital letters with "Paul Thurlby's Alphabet" Templar, 64 pages, $16.99 , a stylish take on the traditional abecedarian primer.
Hamby writes: These poems are from a twenty-six-poem sequence of abecedarian sonnets at the center of All-Night Lingo Tango.
Where colonial children had pious primers " In Adam ' s fall, we sinned all " , today ' s children have a fantastic variety of abecedarian books.
I especially like her long abecedarian of “shadow georgics.”
Lots of people are doing the abecedarian meme, but I was particularly taken by Clare Dudman's "X by Dr. Grump".
The juxtaposition of his carping, meticulous fetishizing of cuisine punctilios with that of his abecedarian, pompous-yet-undereducated plodding attempts to guild his prosaic sensibilities with grandiloquent language only serve to expose the charlatan behind the greasy, smacking lips and cheap, brass-plated tongue.
I have a little abecedarian story about language illustrated by Andrew Drilon.
He is a master of the peculiar narrative, a sublime abecedarian and a very careful and detailed artist.
Monday, September 08, 2003 someone who writes a book about ABCs is an abecedarian