- a book containing prayers, hymns etc for everyday use at the canonical hours
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Bre"vi*a*ry (&?;), n.; pl.
Breviaries (&?;). [F. bréviarie, 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.
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
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Breviary, a book containing the daily services in the Roman Catholic
Church and corresponding to the English Prayer-Book; differs from the
"Missal," which gives the services connected with the celebration of the
Eucharist, and the "Pontifical," which gives those for special occasions.
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