breviary

[bree-vee-er-ee, brev-ee-]
noun, plural breviaries.
1.
Roman Catholic Church. a book containing all the daily psalms, hymns, prayers, lessons, etc., necessary for reciting the office.
2.
a book of daily prayers and readings in some other churches.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin breviārium an abridgment. See brevi-, -ary

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breviary (ˈbriːvjərɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  RC Church a book of psalms, hymns, prayers, etc, to be recited daily by clerics in major orders and certain members of religious orders as part of the divine office
2.  a similar book in the Orthodox Church
 
[C16: from Latin breviārium an abridged version, from breviāre to shorten, from brevis short]

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breviary
1540s, "brief statement;" sense of "short prayer book used by Catholic priests" is from 1610s, from L. breviarium "summary," neut. of adj. breviarius "abridged," from breviare "to shorten, abbreviate," from brevis "short" (see brief).
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breviary

liturgical book in the Roman Catholic Church that contains the daily service for the divine office, the official prayer of the church consisting of psalms, readings, and hymns that are recited at stated hours of the day. The breviary (Latin breviarium, "abridgment") as a condensed tome appeared only after the divine office itself was fixed and widely used and after the recitation of the office had come to be regarded as obligatory for individuals not residing in a community

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Example sentences
He used to stroll down the alley behind our house, reading his breviary.
He changed his new gilt breviary for an old one, and after did so in his habit and other things.
Her big pale face had a softly frightened look, and in her hand she carried her neatly kept breviary.
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