Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A handbook; a manual.

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  • n. A handbook or manual.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Handbook; a manual of devotions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book to be carried in the hand; a manual; a handbook.
  • n. Specifically— A Roman Catholic service-book containing the Little Office of the Virgin.
  • n. An ecclesiastical manual of the Greek Church.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin enchīridion, from Greek enkheiridion : en-, in; + kheir, hand; + -idion, diminutive suff.

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From Ancient Greek ἐγχειρίδιον (enkheiridion), from ἐν (en, "in") + χείρ (kheir, "hand") + a diminutive suffix.

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  • We learn from the lesson of Gideon,

    Who vanquished the army of Midian,

    Success takes invention

    And not close attention

    To rules in some stale enchiridion.

    Judges 7:17–22

    June 5, 2017

  • Pop Culture Note: Enchiridion also appears as a formal title in the "Adventure Time!" series as a handbook for heroes. Episodes where it plays a major role:

    ◾"The Enchiridion!"

    ◾"Another Way"

    ◾"In Your Footsteps"

    ◾"The Lich"

    ◾"Crossover" (Farmworld Enchiridion)

    ◾"Winter Light" (Farmworld Enchiridion; in Standard Timeline)

    ◾"Cloudy" (Farmworld Enchiridion; in Standard Timeline)

    ◾"Skyhooks II" (Farmworld Enchiridion; in Standard Tim

    May 10, 2017

  • In The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, the Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is also called a "Propaedeutic Enchiridion" (p 184 of the Spectra trade paperback edition)

    May 22, 2016

  • Greek en (in) + cheir (hand) + diminutive... in typical use now, a handbook, doubtless influenced by the work by Epictetus of the same name, but originally could mean either handbook or dagger.

    May 25, 2010