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Saturday, September 22, 2001

Definitions for vade mecum

  1. A book for ready reference; a manual; a handbook.
  2. A useful thing that one regularly carries about.

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Citations for vade mecum
The reader who wants honestly to understand it, and not merely read into it his own ideas, needs some kind of vade mecum to provide the necessary background and explain unfamiliar words and allusions and strange turns of thought. Robert C. Dentan, New York Times
Roget's Thesaurus, which had come into being as a linguistic example of the Platonic ideal, became instead a vade mecum for the crossword cheat. Simon Winchester, The Atlantic
Origin of vade mecum
1620-1630
Vade mecum is from Latin, literally meaning "go with me."