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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breviary  \Bre"vi*a*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Breviaries}.  [F.  br['e]viarie, 
  L.  breviarium  summary,  abridgment,  neut.  noun  fr  breviarius 
  abridged,  fr  brevis  short.  See  {Brief},  and  cf  {Brevier}.] 
  1.  An  abridgment;  a  compend;  an  epitome;  a  brief  account  or 
  summary. 
 
  A  book  entitled  the  abridgment  or  breviary  of  those 
  roots  that  are  to  be  cut  up  or  gathered.  --Holland. 
 
  2.  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  missal. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  breviary 
  n  :  (Roman  Catholic  Church)  a  book  of  prayers  to  be  recited 
  daily  certain  priests  and  members  of  religious  orders 




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